Waiting for Cosmos | Li Yun Alvarado

The year you were born
five planets aligned

in the night sky
before dawn:

Jupiter Mars Saturn Venus Mercury

Cosmic friends greeting
your parents en la aurora.

~

Nausea is a creaking floor:
familiar unease. Dr. Husband

warns against non pasteurized
cold pressed juice, washes
dishes, spares me from
gagging.

~

My pregnant body. Unglamorous.
Sacred temple of growing shit.

This little embryo is the size of
sesame seed, orange seed, or red lentil –

depending the app. My poop reveals only this:

drink more water.

~

Remember,

You are
stars &
I am
vessel.

Shape-shifting
into the cosmos
we share
& are

little one,
fellow traveler
in this space
between
first home &
last, guide me
into my
self.


Li Yun Alvarado is the author of the chapbooks Words or Water and Nuyorico, CA. A poet and scholar, her work has appeared in Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education; The Acentos Review; PMS Poemmemoirstory; and Cura: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, among others. She has served as the Senior Poetry Editor for Kweli Journaland is an alumna of VONA/Voices Writing Workshop and AROHO. Li Yun is a native New Yorker living in Long Beach, California who takes frequent trips to Salinas, Puerto Rico to visit la familia. www.liyunalvarado.com

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