What it’s Worth – Yaya Yao

what it’s worth

what it is is not a waste
it is
is not
a waste what
it is is not a waste
it is not a waste
what it is
is not a waste is not is
not is not
hope is not a waste. freedom

we want
hope for
is not a waste
freedom we want hope
for
is not a waste
freedom we want hope for is not a waste is not
free is not going to be won with just hope, but
cannot be won without it.&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160&#160freedom
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is worth it
what it is what
it is not what it is
is not

what is it worth to
you to me to we
what would you trade
for
at
which market and what morning
hour, the cost

trade iodized salt from
neck and eyes as you move
bated
through the city
breath
of faint firefly, making
out her moment

when
to be seen and when not
to

13 april 2012

Yaya Yao is an artist and educator born and raised in downtown Toronto. Her writing has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Fireweed, and the Journal of the Association of Research on Mothering.