After years of international
cement cravings lighting up the maps
I need to pay way too much
at my neighbourhood supermarket
if I want to graze nutrition
from ancient ancestral authentic
super foods, more whole than my soul
My wallet sympathies are not aligned
to this diet
can’t do quinoa breakfasts
at sunrise flown in from the lands
that sell them while dreaming of
better futures and softer borders
(as I do)

The grownups made candy for my
childhood years that turned
my tongue purple
That’s what they could get
And today, I, buy just a box or two
Of cheap cereal, modeled by cartoons
Of endangered wildlife
With some facts at the back of the box
Just to keep it real

— Liyana Dizzy, 28

for Nads

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