Bryan Thao Worra Poems

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1.
Dreamonstration

There is a famous account of Jiang Yan, an official of the Southern Dynasty. One night, he dreamt a god presented him a wondrous writing brush. From that day forward, his literary talents were beyond compare. When he grew old, the god appeared again as a dream and retrieved the brush. Jiang Yan’s writing was never as brilliant again.


Given a thousand nights,
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2.
Leuk Lao

We meet on the road
But once and I cannot tell you

In the time we have:
'We are one.'
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3.
A Crime In Xieng Khouang

Someone stole my boots from
A Phonsavan porch
Around dinner time
In the dark.
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4.
No Regrets

Maybe one day,
A page will be found,
A song will be heard,
A stroke will be drawn
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5.
E Pluribus Unum

Youa tells me a story over the hot hibachi:
How she went to Laos
To see her lucky sisters
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6.
Aliens

We turn our dishes to
Heaven, but

What manner of dog will come running
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7.
Our Dinner With Cluster Bombs

Our pilot packs a Makarov
Flying into the outskirts
Of the old province capitol
Long since delivered to kingdom come.
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8.
Padaek

Speak to me of padaek
And some poor ba ferments, pungent, chunky and spicy.
Alas, so unlikely to catch on like sriracha or sushi,
At least in this century.
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9.
New Myths Of A Northern Land

"Dream, " I said,
"Aren't you tired of making new legends
That no one but I ever hears? "
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10.
Ba

From the moment I met her
She's been wiggling,
Squirming,
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