Beef Noodles This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


I never chew just swallow
It's bad luck if you do.
Swimming in a porcelainpool
Blue and white trees; ancient pagodas

A sauna of steam rolls upand around
Asian hills shaded like curlicues
Hold the deep roots ofintricate bonsais

I inhale the hot ancient mist,
Fog that envelops thecore
Of Chinese tradition.

Tender seasoned meat
Floats atop a poolof
Ethnic life.
Biting into its fiery inside
Reveals again the complexsmoke
Calligraphy in air

This perpetual artifact
Sitting atop mydining-room table
Preserves my waning sense of culture
All I have to do islearn
Mother's recipe.





This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm
Food is a vital part of culture. The sensory detail and description in this poem was impressive.
 
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