Sunday, September 28, 2014

Torena torena lantana lantana--by Kyi May Kaung

Torena torena
lantana lantana
flowers of my childhood
white roses
red peonies
pyo ni or red virgins

speckled cannas to cut up and play at making scrambled eggs
orange trumpet vine

the fig tree with a platform Uncle built on it, from which
hidden behind leaves
we watched
Actress Mary Myint's funeral
her remains in a glass coffin

but only Mongoose said he saw it well.

Some pink flowered shrub we called shrimp plant, or I called shrimp plant

and later a heliconia I called kyet chay tauk or chicken legs.

Up in the fig tree wondering aloud with Mongoose my primary science consultant

how these wasps could have gotten inside the wild figs, when we could never find any holes--

neither of us realizing

they were born inside the fig.

Trying or pretending to make a wild fig jam

katutt yo.

Copyright Kyi May Kaung9-28-2014

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