Rigorous
Volume Five, Issue 2



the jungle that birthed me

Leila Tualla


All my life, I’ve been told about how women like
me should be; submissive, small, light skin, and quiet as a
mouse. The picture of timidness, compliance, one who rarely
makes noise. It wasn’t until I learned about the
Filipina women (before the butchering of the jungles),
that I realized my heritage comes from those whose blood
was forged in fire and sand, whose spirit burn and leave marks
on the enemy’s skin. I am in a lineage where our voices
was the most powerful thing about us. I am inheriting
the strength of the revolutionaries who fought to
take up space. Anytime I feel weak and small,
and my voice is taken from me, may I
remember that within me is the roar
of the ocean; within me lies the heart of the jungle,
who saw carnage and fear, a reckoning of our mythos and our mother
tongue. And in the wreckage the conquerors left behind,
the women - my ancestors - stood on top of mountains, and spilled
their blood to form islands of fire and sand.
              The jungle that birthed me



Leila Tualla: “I am a Filipino-American memoirist, poet, and author. My books include a YA contemporary romance called, Love, Defined and a memoir/poetry collection called Storm of Hope: God, Preeclampsia, Depression and me. My poetry is featured in a few mental health anthologies, including Please hear what I'm not saying, You are not your r*pe, and Persona non grata. I am currently working on a poetry collection based on Asian American stereotypes and identifies.”




Top of Page

Table of Contents






Visit our Facebook page          Visit us on Twitter


editors AT rigorous DASH mag DOT com
webmaster AT rigorous DASH mag DOT com