Katerina Canyon (CONCERN)

Katerina Canyon (CONCERN in Nepal): Prior to her fellowship Katerina obtained a BA in creative writing from Saint Louis University, where she wrote for OneWorld Magazine and University News. She served as an international affairs intern at the Peace Economy Project, where she researched U.S. spending and involvement in military actions. At the time of her fellowship Katerina was studying for an MA in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. After her fellowship, Katerina wrote: “I look at the world and children differently. I am now starkly aware of the differences between the U.S. and other parts of the world.” kcanyon@advocacynet.org



Just a Girl

03 Sep

Not quite a woman

but carries the burden of a mother

brick laden

knock-kneed

and hunchbacked

age 8

She is gray-haired

gray faced

showered with

brick dust that settles

in the fault lines

of her brow

Her emphysemic breath

chugs like an old

train running on

coal dust

as she carries

her fourth load, fifth load,

sixth

Her home is

four brick-stacked

walls without mortar

held together solely

by inertia topped

by aluminum paneling

topped by discarded garbage

and old tires

She is too burdened

to wipe the sweat, dust,

and mud from her

bleary eyes, so

she squints half blind

Her path is tread

by a memory ingrained

deeply into her destiny

Posted By Katerina Canyon (CONCERN)

Posted Sep 3rd, 2014

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