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Issue 19, Poesía | September 2016

     

Sonnet XXI: A Boar Has Escaped the Hong Kong Zoo

It’s 8 PM, time for weird romances
and suspense on Hong Kong primetime TV.
We’ve finished our dinner cooked by Grandpa,
and fixate on Concubine Conflict,
a period drama: the emperor’s mistresses
of an early Chinese dynasty.
Some concubines get along, some don’t.
The favorite, the top of the food chain
hates the youngest, as they all plot in couture
outfits flown in from the mainland, or designed
by French couturiers just for the show.

During commercial breaks, we see breaking news:
A Boar Has Broken into a Department Store.
Now back to the show: the empress steps in.
Sonnet XXI: A Boar Has Escaped the Hong Kong Zoo