Sarah Louise Green
A. her grandfather staring out the window 15 years
of looking for something in the steamed glass
he died of impatience one day, but his body
just kept on: the two shall become one flesh
and her grandmother still has half a mind, full of
Discovery Channel specials: The Deep Sea
or Mars, it makes no difference which—her limbs
will be packed into angels or urns.
B. who has hidden the Lai-See behind the mirror?
who has sewn the button-eyes on the rag doll?
sweep away the days of twelve months:
the New Year ends and begins in fire
touching their noses to the panes as they wait
for the good luck monkey or mercy;
tore up the yard looking for family secrets and
found layers: decomposing persimmons, birdbones.
C. the Doctor lets her pick out any pair she likes
because she was torn in two by alphabets,
Lichee, persimmons, she sorts fruits and
misnomers according to color – red to brown
hey china, hey china! your eyes are slits,
and so is your vagina! – hop skip jump –
the lower-case l splits down the middle,
hole becomes home: earthbound/airborne.