Illustration: fish wind-sock flaps as pine needles blow past

Body of Water

We pause as a rush of wind
howls through the pines:

whirling among
their million needles

is a noise like a river
in a storm.

If I let the wind ghost
through my body

would I snap
beneath its force?

Or would the river
in me roar back

to life
knowing

finally—the thrill
of spilling over?


Gita Labrador studied Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her work can be found in Glass, Scum Magazine, Feral Journal, and elsewhere. She resides in Quezon City, where she teaches reading and creative writing classes for children.

Pine Needles illustration by C.B. Auder.

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