Tagged: Chinese

inside each waiting

inside each waiting
are small sachets of seasoned
waiting, provided

principally as a source
of comfort, preservation
.
20171023:1951
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on the lunar

(for grandpa)

on the lunar
calendar, we
are celebrating
our birthdays
today, just one
world away
from each
other,
which feels
like multitudes,
on and off
the system
for counting
so many days
apart
.
20160902:0902
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i am opening

i am opening
a fresh package of
candied pinto
beans and
remembering
how you used to
carry them overseas,
from grandma to
grandma to
granddaughter,
hand to hand to
hand, an exchange
all at once
familiar and
unfamiliar, a
sugar-coated
nostalgia
.
20160729:0800
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on a scale between

on a scale between
what is this? and
my mom can
make this
is that
first encounter
of chinese restaurants
we all have our
defining moments,
usually tucked
inside a
fortune cookie
.
20150715:0922
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nothing beats the sound

lin – a forest;

lin – a forest;
grove; woods;
a collection of
books, works,
literary extracts;
a great body of
(capable persons,
etc.) – how
many more
layers of
me will i
get to slip into
before feeling
whole, catalogued,
temperate,
composed, not
allocated for
further harvesting
.
20130905:2257
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it is comforting

it is comforting
to do without
tense, not have to
conjugate after
losing someone –
we take long walks
in the park
, he
prefers a strong
cup of tea
, we are
so happy
– as long
as i remove the
time marker prior
to making each
statement, there is
a consistency and
completeness of
action relative to
my recollection
only in our
native tongues
.
20130628:1215
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this morning, there were fish

this morning, there were fish
falling from the sky, one
symphonic stroke
away from the character
for rain. on paper, there
is less room
for erring, but when
you are a beginner,
magic comes
naturally at the turn
of the tongue –
a horse mistaken for
mother, an offered
pillow instead of warm
dumplings, and if
you’re really not
careful, you learn
to shrink
instead of love
.
20120621:0825
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the year of the dragon finds us

the year of the dragon finds us
half in and half out,
suspended
on the whim of a second
sun, another moon,
and embroidered within
their cosmic
sleeves,
another timeline
.
20120123:0823
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balanced at the edge

balanced at the edge
of a rabbit year into
the head of the
dragon, we brush
off our old coats,
take a leap
into the unknown,
and allow
determination
and faith

to catch us
.

20111231:1320
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