Green Hills Literary Lantern

Your Daughter from Afar



You shoved photos of me

into an envelope,

and mailed them

to Rhode Island,

baby pictures,

little girl dress-up,

teenage grins.


Did you think the past

would be safer with me?

Or was this a ruse,

images in aid

of homesickness?


You’re right on both counts.

I know my past better than anyone.

I am homesick.


Those photos now adorn

the tiny table beside the bed.

They embolden me

to be right where I don’t belong.




Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in this country five years. Her work has been published in  Pennsylvania English, Harbinger Asylum, Petrichor Machine and Porter Gulch Review.