english at the breakfast market

so if we shatter nai nai’s rice cooker/ and reassemble/ gently with the tip of our tongues/
if we burn our fingertips on greasy pork belly/ make a bonfire out of taoyuan/
will it/ convince the auntie at the dragonfruit stall/ to drop her prices/ if we/ swallow sweet
potatoes/ fresh dirt clinging to our lips/ roller skate on the 4th floor/ among the cockroaches/
will the mosquitoes/ still be able to taste the difference in our blood?/

Jasmine Kapadia is a poet and high schooler. She is a JUST POETRY!!! topical winner, has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and is regularly featured in Write the World’s monthly highlights (@Jasmine_K). When not writing, she can be found blasting Beyonce in her room or watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. Find her on Instagram: @jazzymoons

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