Jasmine_K

United States

she/her. 16, i write poetry
if poems disappear they have been submitted to a mag/contest, wish me luck!
est. sometime in 2017

Message to Readers

A lot of Taiwanese street food vendors will mark up their prices for foreigners. It's a weird feeling when you're Taiwanese, but not Taiwanese enough to get local prices. Feedback welcome :)

english at the breakfast market

May 17, 2020

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so if we shatter nai nai’s rice cooker/
and reassemble/ gently with the tip of our tongues/ 
if we burn our fingertips on greasy youtiao/ make a bonfire out of taoyuan/ 
will it/ convince the auntie at the dragonfruit stall/ to drop her prices/
if we/ swallow sweet potatoes/
fresh dirt clinging to our lips/ roller-skate on the 4th floor/ among the cockroaches/ 
will the mosquitoes/ still be able to taste the difference in our blood?/

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  • sunny.v

    this is so, so relatable to a vietnamese girl that is absolutely terrified of going to vietnam for fear that they would literally smell how disconnected i am from my motherland. “ will the mosquitoes/ still be able to taste the difference in our blood?“ would they be able to sniff us out? probably. amazing piece! side note: when you said “auntie” i couldn’t help but think how almost every asian language involves using auntie as a common form of address. funny to think about! beautiful piece!!


    6 months ago