chinese politics (over dim sum) This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

July 21, 2012
tea me,
king me – this is, after all
a game of checkers we are playing here.
simple, yet understated
with more thoughts than could ever
be spoken in one move.
i lift up my tea cup and watch the
muddy liquid spill over,
burning my hand.

pawn me,
play me.
pawn me off as you're
lacking in some aspects and definitely
understated but she has potential, daughter;
because we all know that bragging
isn't good for the soul –
praise will only
make the Gods take me away.
(i tap my plate twice with my chopsticks,
they can probably hear my obvious

dim me,
sum me
up as nothing more than
a banana (yellow on the Outside
white on the Inside)
peel me open and bite down
on cold flesh, frozen in the freezer for
two weeks because you had great plans
for a chocolate-covered banana, but
forgot about it.

i am me –
i am a me waiting for
the conversation to commence in
slow one upping “have you heard that my daughter got into Yale”
(suck on that)


(Yale is second place for losers)


(my son will be the next Bill Gates)
“Lily is taking four hours of ballet per
day and
she still manages to finish her homework”
(she is so dedicated “what about your daughter? what does she do?”

(can you beat that? would you like another dumpling?)
“my daughter is working very hard; she won prizes in writing”
(she does nothing. i am watching my figure.)

chinese politics is never good for my
self esteem.
i pick at the meat on my plate;
half listening, half understanding,
half ashamed.
half is less than a whole.

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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OnlyOfSilver said...
Apr. 25, 2013 at 12:39 am
You've allowed so many people to relate to you through this poem, I being one of them. Thank you and excellent writing!
WinstonSmith said...
Apr. 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm
I can relate to you.   This is a really good poem.
MichaelZhang said...
Apr. 21, 2013 at 8:58 am
You're right...a exact peom to describe the situation. Excellent!
rose.baker said...
Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:07 am
This is awesome. I love it. Enough said.
LeighFreyre said...
Apr. 19, 2013 at 10:28 am
OMG THIS IS SO GOOOD!!!!! This is like way above the caliber of stuff that i usually see on this site! wow, i am seriously imressed, this is a fascinating piece
ThatOneInsomniac This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:39 am
I applaud you. This is a very well written piece of poetry withgood use of allusion and metaphor throughout.
lollipopxloveee said...
Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:26 am
I really enjoyed reading this, you write beautifully.  As a banana myself, I understand completely. Classic conversation among Chinese mothers. :)
asofnow This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm
Ahahaha, So true. Very very well written. Good job.
ClaireCanHasAWrite said...
Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm
Wow... great work. Great descriptives and meaning...
LizJaejoong said...
Apr. 2, 2013 at 10:27 am
THIS is seriously amazing, like holy crap.
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