Hospital Interlude

I rented a red Miata ppppp I returned to the hospital
I returned to the hospital ppppp and climbed the wall
I climbed the wall ppppp through a dim-lit corridor
The dim-lit corridor ppppp leads to her empty sickroom
Her sickroom was empty ppppp but the moon was full
The moon was full ppppp the cicadas were crying
The cicadas were crying ppppp her unmade bed in the moonlight
Her unmade bed in the moonlight ppppp an eternal stain

I veered and turned ppppp but couldn't find the exit
I couldn't find the exit ppppp I said to my mother
I said to my mother ppppp the song is not over
The song is not over ppppp you forgot to tutor me
You forgot to tutor me ppppp the last secret phrases
The last secret phrases ppppp in my rented red Miata
In my rented red Miata ppppp I veered and turned
I veered and turned ppppp but couldn't find the exit

I couldn't find the exit ppppp the / / rain / / in / / my / / hair


Poems by Marilyn Chin

Beijing Spring

Hospital Interlude

Tonight while the Stars are Shimmering

 

 

 

From RHAPSODY IN PLAIN YELLOW (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002)