A blizzard wraps me in white shapes, white lies.
Uprooted too soon, I seek omen in a bed of white earth.
My mother once said, Go and find where and who
you are. Go and search for rebels in the void.
Countless places, countless truths, the thrill of leaving
one’s circle to find the longest way back to the dark.
I was never told that blood warms at the emergence
of new tellings. Each time I leave a dying god’s country,
my blood thickens from the smell of found freedoms.
My light, buried in the sand, unravels waves of old truths.
Messages in bottles on the rising seas but not one read.
I had my chest tattooed to mark my final departure
from a world where we see only what we want to see.
They will never know what happened to Tuvalu.
[The people of the islands of Tuvalu, situated between Hawaii and Australia, were the first refugees of climate change.]