It Needs To Be Said

April 23, 2013

In my on-line class we are studying Re Vision of a poem and line breaks, how powerful an impact they can make. So here is my newest piece, with some help from poet friends suggestions, and my own snip snip. Below is original…

Touched By Other Cultures

Her
toothbrush sits,
half on the counter,
half in the holder
the way she left
it.
Maybe she keeps one
at every house,
in her purse.
Extra brushes are
always
in my suitcase, ready,
just in case. I will not be able
to make
chicken Dak-bok-keum-tang
stew we all enjoyed.
Even with its heat and
spice
the dish will now be hard
to swallow.
Before she left my son
and
me
because I am his mother
touched by giving birth
will never
have the same
meaning–
her country of birth.

(Original Version)

Her toothbrush sits,
half on the counter,
half in the holder
the way she left it
Maybe
she keeps one
at every house,
in her purse,
free dentist brushes are always
in my suitcase,
ready, just in case.
I will not be able
to make spicy dishes
chicken Dak-bok-keum-tang stew
we all enjoyed.
Even with its heat and spice
the dish will now, be hard
to swallow.
Before she left my son
alone,
at the coffee house table,
because she didn’t know
how to communicate.
To break up without ease;
reason
only using tears as language
and no long goodbye.
We had a good visit
with him in Korea.
Before her.
But for him,
and me
because I am his mother
touched by giving birth
will never
have the same meaning–
her country of birth.

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