Began in human color with human worries,
turned cartoon, a lollipop or talking fish
commercial. I walked where pictures appeared.
Corner after corner, an old woman slid trash
into public dustbins with a motion much like
slipping a note into a letterbox, test answers
or warnings to the future. The letters had yellow,
cross-hatched auras covered in glass, covered in
grass with blood on it, blood with tacks in it.
It was a Tuesday evening when only one eye
and one arm worked as I swam through a train
submerged in the sea after an obliterated accident.
Three Tuesday evenings in a row, same wreck.
Sometimes my body particulated, flaked like
onion skin, off-air television snow, action no story.
I could travel fast, California to Callisto,
food-free, oxygen-free, money-free, injury-free.
Traveling slowly, every overpopulated scene a threat.
I walked by a hearse, so full of flowers
no room was left for a corpse. Nevertheless,
I begged a selfish sort of prayer that went
Not him, not him, not us, and I had to
work so hard not to chant the opposite.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 4.
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