first water of morning
the translation into English
dries my grandmother’s mouth

spoiled water she spits
on the pads of her fingers
dabs them on the crook of my neck

stale water drawn
before using the mouth
for words, give water

healing water undiscovered
first communion
of salt

accumulated water the body hoards
more than it needs
pincushion islands rise

rotten water the river
where my tongues swim
in sleep


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Eunice Andrada

Eunice Andrada is a Filipina poet and educator living on unceded Gadigal Land. Her debut poetry collection Flood Damages (2018) won the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She is the recipient of the John Marsden-Hachette Australia Prize (2014) and the Australian Poetry & NAHR Eco-Poetry Fellowship (2018). Her poetry is currently featured in the Museum of Sydney's exhibition A Thousand Words.

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