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from the June 2013 issue

Very Cheesy and Also Rather Blah

carefully giving it some thought
the lines on my palm[1] have deflected for you some now
I suppose my dirty beard, my fiendish leg hair will graduate in time
that someone of my years should care about minutiae
but it’s true I never held you in my arms

those training grounds where one prepares for hardship
even the most majestic backdrop wouldn’t be a match for
this bucktoothed “Cheese” into the camera
then good-bye good-bye

no one can escape his position
dreams, love poems, and sorries
are easily broken things
many on Earth have been assigned to play perpetrator
many more victim

it’s just that
if somebody should set me down again carelessly
I couldn’t take it the second time

thank you thank you it all started from that day
together we stood boldly by the precipice to pee
behind us a lake brimmed with the noise of crows
in my giddy state, I felt that someone of good heart
(and besides our pees were kinda crossing)
would have his love returned

at this point, the momentous decision must be made
for whom you mustn’t readily drop to your knees
for whose sake you will spend a lifetime
strengthening troops
building up your front

for example taking a pair of scissors to the couple shot at the hot springs
                     frozen at “Cheese”
holding it over the most important part
then good-bye good-bye

[1] In Chinese palmistry, it is believed that the lines on a palm change to reflect a shift in its owner’s fate.

© Jing Xianghai. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2013 by Lee Yew Leong. All rights reserved.

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