A poem by our Creative Editor Mattie Balagat.
This story depicts a life of a young African American boy who is in his second year of high school. After the global pandemic hit, his parents are constantly busy with their night shift at Stevenson Hospital. In this story, we see the dark reality of social inequality in today’s world and how the spread of Covid-19 makes this disaster visible.
As a Filipino living in Okayama, Mattie entrusts her feelings in the words of her newest poem, and in the familiar taste, smell, and sound of home.
“Why does oust scatter rabid dogs howling at dust? And justice prolong a gilded melody beyond our grasp?” Mattie asked in this thought-provoking piece of literature.