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  • Poem of the Day: Cornflowers
    She says my hair smells
    like corn tortillas.
    I raise an eyebrow.
    After all those honeysuckle
    and papaya shampoos,
    I can’t believe my scalp
    hasn’t soaked up
    the scent of blossom
    or the perfume of rainfall.
    No, she’s my mother,
    and she insists
    that even as a little girl,
    my whole bedroom breathed
    corn tortillas.
    Pressing nose to pillowcase,
    I search for masa,
    reach back before
    molcajete and plow
    to a dusky meadow,
    its bed of soil flecked
    with teosinte,
    ancestor grasses.
    Up through the dark
    follicles of my skull
    covered in sun-cracked husks,
    push the black-brown silk strands,
    cocooning thirsty kernels.
    Maíz sprouts into fields of thought
    bearing hybrid rows of words
    that fall like teeth
    from the mouths of the dead.

    Brenda Cárdenas, “Cornflowers” from Boomerang. Copyright © 2009 by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe. Reprinted with permission.

    Source: Boomerang(Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2009)

    Brenda Cárdenas

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