Chenou Liu

Unarticulated - Poem by Chenou Liu

A Haibun for Nadia

'We talked a lot, but he seldom listened: then I would get angry.' A faint smell of whiskey on her breath.

She continues to talk openly about her life. The sun's rays come through the cafe window on the side of her face. I notice a tiny bruise below her left eye.

'During the last months of our life together, we whipped each other; We thought we were talking - but, we whipped each other on our mouths; one word, one crack of the whip after the other.'

She pauses for a moment, then says in a matter-of-fact tone, 'Now, I like old men, but they sometimes talk a little too much.'

in the middle
of an awkward silence...

Topic(s) of this poem: relationship, silence, violence

Form: Haiku

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 21, 2016

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