by Nicholas YB Wong
Pedophiles also love plants.
Mimosa, for example. Or anything that
folds like the skin around the dimples
of these kids. Their flesh so clean, so free
from the trauma of hugs. Rain
pours outside, I think of pineapples
& how my face looks like one.
Instructions: Who said these lines (& in
what context would you say them to me)?
This head is for the beast
It’s a gift / You’re not wanted
/ The world… slipping away / maybe it’s only us /
I painted my face now you eat
and I –
Pages are turned like the body of
a cheap whore, casually but with
expectation. The kids bury their heads
between lines, between thighs, to look for
a remedy for adulthood. How one loses one’s
head just by growing up.
Blanks in worksheets are bald heads (incl.
mine). Fill them with
I play a film clip in which a conch
breaks. Calcium is symbolic in its
you all escape, upon the bell, for vanilla
scoops & I, scopophilic in class with goose
-bumps on my arm honking. Certain
taboos require a table & a book to sound dirty.