The Poem is Already / danielle boodoo-fortuné

you are reading this
and the poem is already
halfway down my throat
possessed by the damp
and the cries in me

my rooms are empty
everyone is out
netting yellow stars

there is no one left
to hear me drown
in the blue
and the wings

you are reading this
and the poem is already
sucking a soft skin
off my heart


Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné has lived all her life in Sangre Grande, Trinidad. She has been writing for as long as she can remember. Previous publications include Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, Heart to Verse: Wordlines from UWI, as well as the online publications, Pemmican Press, and tongues of the ocean.


  1. I’ve already got this memorised. Who are you; who is this woman speaking to me in a language I can understand?

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