Tanya Ko Hong

Poet & Artist

Korean American poet, Tanya Ko Hong, has been published in Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Two Hawks Quarterly, Portside, Cultural Weekly, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles, and is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Mother to Myself, A collection of poems in Korean (Prunsasang Press, 2015). Tanya is an ongoing advocate of bilingual poetry, promoting the work of immigrant poets. She lives Palos Verdes, CA with her husband and three children. www.tanyakohong.com​

Mustard Flowers Falling

   1

a yellow cab stops in the dark

dark clouds cover half the moon

water is boiling in the rusty kettle

she smells like peppermint

the cat's eyes like a neon sign

outside the rainy window

you are reading a line in a poem

slowly

            slowly

petals of dried flowers

drop on your knees

a woman leaves

after brushing her teeth

with your old tooth brush

 

   2

with your old toothbrush

after brushing her teeth

a woman leaves.

drop on your knees

petals of dried flowers

           slowly

slowly

you are reading a line in a poem

outside the rainy window

the cat's eyes like a neon sign

she smells like peppermint

water is boiling in the rusty kettle

dark clouds cover half the moon

a yellow cab stops in the dark

(c) 2017 Tanya Ko Hong

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