Tuesday, July 23, 2013

POEM: "When I Paint My Monster Piece"

When I Paint My Monster Piece

She tells me
that her beauty
is fading fast
she needs men
to buy her stuff
well shit I say

suan tian ku la
show me more
tell the story
a 30% chance
that you’re wrong
a 60% chance
you’ll tell me
how you gathered
so much pain
(no answer there)
then she said
all our life
we look but
we can’t see
just like me
I’d like to say
20 years later
we are married
but we’re not.

("Suan tian ku la" is a popular Chinese saying that means "sour, sweet, bitter, spicy" — i.e. the 4 principal Chinese food classifiers.)

© 2013 Rob Schackne

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