Meaalofa from the land of Kush
he sojourned in the ancient land of Kush
and in this land of archers, cowry shells
he bought a tiered Nubian necklace
he was already a grown man
when I was still a slender, wide-eyed girl
but trying years have fleshed me out
now I parse words and translate desire
last night I emulsified almond oil with water
he smiled as I braided my wayward hair
unfolding my throbbing hands I discovered
when he fastened a necklace around my throat
meaalofa – a present (Samoan)
koko raisa – coconut rice dessert (Samoan)
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