Cynthia Buiza


She likes blue. Any kind of blue.
But this.
It is only 9 o’clock in the morning but the day
has already ended.

She is inside a blue bowl called Southern California sky.
Cerulean. Obsidian. Indigo.
Midnight blue raving
the size of a fist throwing punches in her direction.

Even the oak trees outside her window are tainted.
Blue eyed bluebells sing to them from below
sky blue leaves dancing with the Santa Ana’s
devil may care.

She’ll swim into this day somehow.
Come up for air soon. Blue Jays sing her sorrow to the wind
and she’ll sing with them.
Because the only way out of blue, is through blue.

CYNTHIA BUIZA is the Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. She moved to the United States 15 years ago and is now based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to that, she worked with various international organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Open Society Institute-Burma Education Project in Thailand, and the Jesuit Refugee Service. She earned a Masters in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, with a concentration on human security studies. Her poetry and prose have appeared in various anthologies in the Philippines and the U.S. She is also the co-author of Anywhere But War, about the armed conflict and internal displacement in the Indonesian Province of Aceh.

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