When I arrived on these shores
the first thing I learned was that
a brown body is always queer
an immigrant body is always fractured
and I, an immigrant daughter
have inherited this as my gift.
Uprooted, I have tried
to grow on foreign soil
but I am always too alien
an invasive species.
I’m not supposed to be beautiful.
At best, I am exotic
at worst, undesirable.
What they don’t tell you is
how exhilarating it is
to love someone who looks like you
who is also brown, queer, immigrant daughter
also an alien body on foreign soil:
all the things about yourself
that you were taught to hate.
Her love disarms me
leaves me vulnerable and tender.
She channels god through her fingertips
reaching inside me to chase my demons away.
She is electric.
Cautiously, I have begun to build a home
with her, two bodies becoming mountains
amidst a burning city.
Our roots grow slow and boundless
and we are expansive.
Ally Ang is a queer person of color from New England with Chinese-Indonesian roots. Ally’s work has been published in Vagabond City Lit, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Crab Fat Magazine, and more. Their first chapbook, Monstrosity, isforthcoming from Damaged Goods Press in summer 2016.