Poetry by Pui Ying Wong

BLUING

The sky is blue, and bullets fly.

The sky is blue, and bullets fly.

The sky is blue, and bullets fly.

The sky is blue, and bullets fly.

Along a wild river and old villages,

Hung laundry and rubble,

Summer camp and freshwater, bullets fly.

The sky is blue, the sky is blue, the sky is blue.

In classrooms and in cinemas, in cafes

And in churches, in shopping malls and discos,

In barracks with flower beds and greenway, bullets fly,

Bullets fly, bullets fly, bullets fly.

In Sunday school amid bowed heads

And sacred texts, in parking lots

And on streets and highways, bullets fly.

Today, a man, a woman opens the door

To a blue sky, too blue,

The sky is blue.

The sky is blue.

The sky is blue.

The sky is blue.

OF THE EARTH

Leave the window, let the bed

receive you like a simple lover.

Hear the small wind that tugs

at the curtain, the universe’s soft arc.

Let childhood’s lunar moon return, how

it trails after you like a loyal friend.

For so long you’ve gone from

here to there,

sometimes alone,

with others like a flotilla of stars.

You’ve learned one truth, you are worthy

of the earth’s bitter roots. Sleep.

It’s okay no one knows your sorrow

just as they don’t know your joy.

Night still arrives for you, in splendor,

familiar as you own breath.

SUNSET OVER AMHERST

 

An empty gazebo.

After dinner.

 

The sky turns,

kinks

 

of the day

smoothed.

 

Few paths converged

here,

 

one to the lake,

the other to the road,

one more to our studio.

 

Uneven patches of grass,

unknown berries,

ivies wild

 

around the bend.

 

The moon has a chip.

Pen scratches on paper.

About the contributor

Pui Ying Wong is the author of two full-length books of poetry: An Emigrant’s Winter (Glass Lyre Press, 2016) and Yellow Plum Season (New York Quarterly Books, 2010) and two chapbooks. She has won a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crannog among others.

Related Articles

Emma Lee reviews Christine Valters Paintner’s – Dreaming of Stones

Christine Valters Paintner's "Dreaming of Stones” Paraclete Press www.paracletepress.com ISBN: 9781640601086 96pp $18 “Dreaming of Stones” is split into six sections, Hours, The Time of Our Lives,...

Treasure Beach by Elizabeth Jaeger

Elizabeth Jaeger explains how a visit to a favourite beach helps her and her son deal with loss.

Revival

Ann S. Epstein considers whether revisiting the past leaves us satisfied, disappointed or energized.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More Like This

2 poems by Bob Beagrie

Bob Beagrie is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University.

Poetry- Mark Tarren

In Memoriam Here lies his naked body, like a baroque Christ. Long pale arms at his side, it is not Shakespeare’s Adonis. Nor is it the carved strength of Achilles that...

Slide. Fiction from Melissa St. Pierre

Melissa St.Pierre teaches writing and rhetoric at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She was featured in Listen To Your Mother, a spoken word story showcase, for her creative non-fiction.

Isis at the Christmas Do. Poem by Francis O’Hare

Isis at the Christmas Do The usual forced festive yuletide scene of Staff Welfare day. Beauty and Health...

Anne Casey’s out of emptied cups -Reviewed

Emma Lee reviews Anne Casey's out of emptied cups. As well as her position of Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib. Emma Lee writes regular reviews for The Journal, The High Window Journal, London Grip and Sabotage and ad hoc reviews for other publications. Her collection “Ghosts in the Desert” is available from Indigo Dreams Publishing. A pamphlet “Mimicking a Snowdrop” was published by Thynks Press in 2014 and her full-length collection, “Yellow Torchlight and the Blues” has been published by Original Plus.