Birthright - Troy Rowden


I have not

The Ahuahuete skin 

of the fishers 

of the lake 


The earthen tone 

of the spear casters 

of the River Congo;

The yellow shimmer 

of the rice flooders

of the Yangtze;

Not the red flare 

of the net-setters 

of the Colorado.



Instead, my inheritance is a white tub

To sit in and scrub pink my tub-skin.






About the Author

TROY ROWDEN is a student at the University of Texas at El Paso. Through writing, he opens thoughts that shouldn't be divulged and recovers through revision of these pieces, patching together works that want to be memories, but unfailingly resolve themselves to be fiction.

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