阿婆

my ex’s grandma fits gainly 

in the soup cans she won’t throw away.



she is indispensable. not found

at your local h-mart. no matter 



how many times her daughters throw her out. 

my ex’s grandma leapt down



a mountain the other day.

a free spirit always catches air 



with a sure-footed heart.

mine’s staggering, but



my ex’s grandma tells me

”一定要開心.” 



which means “be happy” which means 

“open your heart as wide as the ocean.” she opens



wide enough to cross the pacific. wide enough

to fit two homes on two continents



in one soup. i see the heart-opening soup

my ex’s grandma prepared for me. i see 



the cicada shells, the ginseng root, the goji berries—

love has never tasted so disgustingly good.











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