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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hong Kong Diocesan Girls' School Student: Age Six (National Poetry Month April 2014)

--> Hong Kong Diocesan Girls School Student: Age Six

by Stephanie Han

Your fingers bent into an anemone heart
you clutch a pencil, bare down—
draw lines left, right, up, down
Strokes for dollars.
Hours pressed into your body until you whimper for sleep.
The woman who pats your forehead
and brings you soup and petal shaped fruit
cradles her daughter in a phone
and nervously moves to a raised eyebrow.
You will learn to cheat and lie
feel guilt on bended knee
swallow everything and wait for leaves
to unfold from your fingers
reaching for a sky that promises blue
passed the gray your father has painted
following his father before him.
Your mother will punish you with gifts
from Disneyland and reward you with prizes
of plastic and pink.
After a tragic mistake or two
you will marry a man who makes the sky
blacker than it has ever been
who places you in a tower that frowns upon
parents who gave you Jockey Club Sundays
but time will pass
and as your daughter grows
with lungs the size of peanuts
you will vow to marry her
to a man who creates a sky that spews chemicals
that burn her skin and to prepare
you bend your  daughter
into tentacle knots of obedience
so hard and small
she can barely keep her head outside of
the tight ball and gasps between music lessons
and swimming lessons and drawing lessons and vitamins
and then one night
you think that maybe you
should have bound her feet
as it might have been
easier than binding
a heart.

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