03.13.2008

Modern Secrets (a poem by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim)

Last night I dreamt in Chinese.
Eating Yankee shredded wheat
I said it in English
To a friend who answered
In monosyllables:
All of which I understood.

the dream sharnk ot its fiction.
I had understood its end
Many years ago. The sallow child
Ate rice from tis ricebowl
And hides still in teh cupboard
With the china and tea-leaves.

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