Bite-Sized Life

Chop Suey Poems

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Growing Dahlia

You were food crops grown by Aztec,

their recipes dying out like glittering

embroidered handbags

made in Hong Kong.

A trapeze artist stealing cochineal insect

like Evel Knevel drinking coffee

after bread and circuses.

Burt Lancaster knew you glimmered

like flying fiesta platters of jagerschnitzel

and rose-purple cabbage.

Vulcans electrocute you in braising pans

in strange leafy villages

inside Malibu beach houses

where Spanish gypsy fortune tellers

call you water cane, water pipe in German,

shifting through their address books.

                                                                        Priscilla Lee