Okra

Rina Malagayo Alluri

Cross-legged on the floor

curved blade under 

hand

slicing 

as others

fell trees from the land.

 

Feet still beneath saree

her gaze lifts to the door.

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Woman with Warm Jacket

Rina Malagayo Alluri was born in Mumbai, India to a Filipina Mother and Indian Father, raised in Nigeria and migrated to Turtle Island (Canada). She is Assistant Professor at the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria. She is co-founder of The BIPOC Circle, an initiative that holds space and place for BIPOC. Her poetry explores (de)coloniality, identity and relationships that form/ unform. She is a yoga teacher, soul searcher and Mother to two headstrong daughters.