If your blood is red Chinese heritage
why does it spill like everyone’s.
Do you call family, when they can’t
hear you burying your heart in pillows.
Embarrassment is the same color
as chatter as anger as weather.
No rain this week to wash away
questions; It is easier to sweep bad luck.
Does tradition imply and implore
speaking things people don’t mean, in a
language that expresses by choking throats.
How I look in my cheongsam speaks
hundreds of stories when there’s only one.
For people we care about, there are more
chances every day, than in a week.