john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

*Seamus Heaney the Haiku Poet


college sick bay
i count the bells knelling
classes to a close

father crying
he has always taken funerals
in his stride

The baby coos
laughs and
rocks the pram

whispers inform
strangers
I am the eldest

the corpse
stanched
bandaged

he lies in the
four foot box a poppy bruise
on his left temple

a four foot box
a foot for
every year

Submitted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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