At birth my parents pulled my legs
and split me lengthwise like a wish.
Rumiñahui saved his city
from Spaniards by striking two stones,
holy temples made pure as ash.
When a concerned citizen pinned
me to airport wall to check my
origin, I whispered, thank you.
My dad says, Good, we’re safer now.
My uncle: then leave the country.
Christmases, I stay home in bed.
Only the chaste were burned alive.
One mind replies, I want to live.
The other: I want to live well.
the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession
two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit
the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect
a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”