there's likely a reason for why you might read 
ginkgo in place of gelato, anger for ginger,

wound for word— the air tips the hourglass
to the other side as if everything could begin  

again: the mouth remembers the child's thumb;
the shoulder, her homesick head— what you want 

to know is which of the vowels you sounded never
stopped ringing in her ears even as she fell asleep

* prescriptions; Tagalog

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