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Poetry by Noreen Ocampo

early childhood in eight haiku

at first confession,

I wish my favorite priest a

happy Valentine’s.

Lola scolds me for

repeating a word that sounds

like poinsettia.

I tell my mother

I love her after puking,

fearing a flu-death.

childhood friend cowers

in the kitchen under a

gold-framed Jesus Christ.

my father turns his

head last minute, evading

a pitiful kiss.

pink bike disappears

from beneath me, and I laugh

through red-weeping knees.

counting my fingers

on the playground, I create

a make-believe game.

I eat hospital

scrambled eggs and wait for a

new friend to arrive.

Noreen Ocampo (she/her) is a Filipina American writer double-majoring in English and Film Studies at Emory University. She is also currently a book reviewer for COUNTERCLOCK, a very amateur singer-songwriter, and an Animal Crossing enthusiast. In the future, Noreen aims to fulfill a role in the intersection between storytelling and education. She is a regular contributor for Marías at Sampaguitas.

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