Puff, puff, puff,
Sacrificial stories gone in smoke,
Memories all a haze,
We say c’est la vie. We don’t know what
English, crisp golden fruit,
Lay your tongue heavy with ambrosia,
Forget your parents’ journey.
Soak in, this is your language now.
About the author:
April Lim is a Chinese Cambodian American poet from Houston, TX. She graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston where her poetry received the Howard Moss Prize in Poetry, the Bryan Lawrence Prize in Poetry, Lauren Berry Scholarship in Poetry, and Honorable Mention for the Provost Prize for Creative Writing in Poetry. She now works full-time as a Technical Editor for an IT company. Her work has been published in The Blueshift Journal, Glass Mountain Literary Magazine, and the Mekong Review.