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Hey there! I’m in Bandung this week and next week for our in-country training/orientation, and it’s so nice to have all 34 of us back together again. I spent last week in Pontianak, getting acclimated to my site, and I love it already.

I’m a little short on time, and I will do a longer blog post later this week. For now, I wanted to share a poem I wrote yesterday during orientation to try and express some of the feelings of (finally) being here. Enjoy.


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My tongue fell out yesterday

A man with a megaphone

Climbed into my mouth

Shouted loudly without words

/   

I lost my ears too

Eaten greedily as a snack

Blood coagulated on my cheek

My wounds pulsed tenderly

/

Someone stole my eyes

Coerced a trade for slick marbles

That slid out of my palm

Sullied by bare feet on the unswept floor

/

Then they came to take my face

Held it up to the light

Tried it on one by one

Stretched it eagerly over their own

/

I (surprised) did not wretch

But instead tore open my chest

Plunged elbow-deep inside myself

Weakly extended my heart in sanguine hand

/

They appraised it warily

Crouched to assess the underside

Spoke brusquely between them

Each waiting for another to reach first

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