As You Wish

you are still in the philippines


by a dock inhaling sea salt

enjoying the dance of the palms


your ancestral home


of your nieces and nephews

sisters and brothers

mother and father


above and below the ground


where the taste of milkfish

is clean and pure


where you are full

of mangoes and youth


in a time that eclipses all meaning


you are still in the philippines


but you’re buried in snow

an ocean away


at your request

Shirley Camia is the author of Children Shouldn’t Use KnivesThe Significance of Moths and Calliope. Her work has appeared in The New QuarterlyTAYO and the Winnipeg Free Press, and is forthcoming in My Lot Is a Sky, an anthology from Math Paper Press in Singapore. These poems will appear in Mercy, published by Turnstone Press in 2019.