Stateless at the Haitian-Dominican Border
Mosaic mural of dishes, tile, handmade ceramics
A hundred of them, or more. You don’t know how they
entered your territory by your femininity
during those twenty years. You gave each of them
a chance to love—; the “early afternoons”
whence you almost gave in, but you saw how they
cared to compete against each other
over real love—; and the light was tall
nearby the moon-star facing the Calypso, had they
a lifetime of following master Fabritius’ The Goldfinch
before the chains were released. You’ve given
twenty-four chapters of an epic the patriarchy was immersed in
—or you could do what you believed in by taking
the high road. You knew the man’s world somehow tried to
alienate you from warm, cool shades of evenings by
drinking your household drinks, their
bright smiles took on the lion with eagle’s wings
in daylight. You watched somehow Homer missed to point
out the game. Now, you’re retelling the aim
of a secret till the end of this world, you had the domain.
Ann Huang is a Chinese-born, Mexican-raised and US-based author, poet, and filmmaker who published four award-winning collections, most recently a Shaft of Light. Her lyrical poetry speaks of a dreamy state of being by melting present into its past and future, with surrealistic gestures permeating space and time across multiverses. Visit her poetry site at and her film site at www.SaffronSplash.com.
Sherri Grasmuck began working on mosaic murals five years ago. Her work echoes themes of her career as a sociologist of Latino immigration, gender, and inequality. Her work often expresses political inspiration such as Guatemalan women bravely taking on a Canadian mining company in international court for human rights abuse.