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Nikay Paredes – Poetry

Whose Drone Is This


whose BQM-74E is this. on our shores.


this orange toy plane.


this downed drone, drowned fish

off our archipelago. it’s rude


and we’re sorry, dear fishermen.


we ask you point your sticks back to the meaty conch

and simply fish.

we praise you.


not this garbage.

it’s going to eat all our good mangoes.


our brown and elegant girls.


rusty phallic boomthing with a wing at the back

that says target.


to whom do you belong.


who missed you.

stop spying on our poems.


Nikay Paredes HeadshotJasmine Nikki “Nikay” C. Paredes was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. She earned a BFA in Creative Writing from the Ateneo de Manila University and an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in El Aleph Magazine, Tuesday; An Art Project and Drunken Boat. She is the author of the chapbook collection WE WILL SEE THE SCATTER from dancing girl press. (


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