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Poetry by Noreen Ocampo

litmus test


Would you buy flowers

for yourself? Can you


tell me all the people who would?

The people who have?


Are you looking forward to what comes next?

Can you visualize

yourself there? Where are you

standing? How


are your knees? How does it feel to dial

your memorized numbers?


What do you say

when they pick up?


Do you trust your luck? If I tell you

luck was never a part of it,


what then? Are you

translating people’s faces with kindness?


How afraid are you of their teeth?

How afraid are you of yours?




Noreen Ocampo (she/her) is a Filipina American writer and poet based in metro-Atlanta. She studies English, film, and media at Emory University and currently writes for COUNTERCLOCK and {m}aganda magazine. She is also a regular contributor for Marías at Sampaguitas. Say hi on Twitter @maybenoreen!

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