after Victoria Chang
OBIT, IN TRANSLATION
妈妈one dollar eyelinerone dollar eyeliner — died august 18th, 2015.
a day before 我们i我们 left for college, to begin all over.
no more quarters collected and kept, clinking
in a piggy bank for ice cream days
and bigger eyes for cheap. as if pretty could be bought
for a penny. a flimsy mask that fades away,
or is donned to fool another girl.
we 回到leftleft the same way we came, penniless
and pouting. they say 你的a girl'sa girl's power
is in that — her pout or her tears.
i cried the whole plane ride over, when i was
just three. my eyes held so little
of 家乡the worldthe world then. thought the value
of a dollar was a blue bell ice cream scoop
or my mother's tip, the difference being
which way her mouth turned. never sure
if we survived, if we could afford more
than one smile 在一起。between us.between us.