dear waipo. i am searching
buried, incense, jasmine rice
mouse steals the oil.
still small, my fingers cannot hold
the universe like yours. jasmine rice
hollow concrete kitchen floor.
waipo, the stairwell in your house is
gray. there are paper diamonds tatters
of ‘upside-down fortune’ on gray walls and
waipo, why is it that the lower
i walk, the whispers of our dead childhood
i remember carnation. love is pink and yellow is massacre.
peaches grow on northern soil and birds fly south.
you always flew south.
plaster crumbling, i come home in the evening and
walk stairs unweathered by your past this time.
instead of footloose guilt there is
mapo tofu sitting at your table.
it is december.
waipo. your warmth is
waipo, bu yao zhao liang.
i am fifteen still
incense stands in red beans. and morning leaves
cast the afternoon
into our courtyard.
—hong dou sheng nan guo.
red bean is remembrance.
this autumn, it is
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