Garrett Hongo

(1951 / Hawaii / United States)

Garrett Hongo Poems

1. I Got Heaven... 4/11/2014
2. Something Whispered In The Shakuhachi 1/20/2003
3. The Legend 1/20/2003
4. What For 4/11/2014

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The Legend

In Chicago, it is snowing softly
and a man has just done his wash for the week.
He steps into the twilight of early evening,
carrying a wrinkled shopping bag
full of neatly folded clothes,
and, for a moment, enjoys
the feel of warm laundry and crinkled paper,
flannellike against his gloveless hands.
There's a Rembrandt glow on his face,
a triangle of orange in the hollow of his cheek
as a last flash of sunset
blazes the storefronts and lit windows of the street.

He is Asian, Thai or Vietnamese,
and very skinny, dressed as one of the poor
in ...

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