naomi ling

United States

she/her
est. 6/14/20

Message to Readers

someone call for ailiaaaaaaaa

in which i pretend i belong on the streets of guangzhou

October 12, 2020

FREE WRITING

15
am i a stranger here? years ago i was found squatting
near the dimsum stall + fattening my chubby
cheeks. flesh sags like breasts underneath the hazy
guangzhou sun : notorious for its
brow-brittle-bruising heat, it melts wax parasols
of blushing [bone / skeleton] girls. my mother hawks a purse for
less than she makes each year
+ a few cents on top. you thrust me into the wailing
townsquare, selling wide-brim hats + pick out the
eggshells in your teeth. contort my waist
to fit in the door of the china shop.
i mix cantonese with phlegm in my throat +
knot my tongue up
liberty child. red dragon swallows me whole
spits me out the other end
at brunch, my grandmother stares at the fork + knife i use as fingers
+
tells us here, we are strangers.
written for the one and only jun lei. my love, we both hail from the same hometown & i know you miss it too, so here. it's not enough, but i hope it helps. it sure did help to write abt it. 

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8 Comments
  • naomi ling

    agh i won't be beat by ailia FRICK I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOUILOVEYUIOOULVEOYOU @jun lei


    about 2 months ago
  • jun lei

    six :)


    about 2 months ago
  • jun lei

    NAOMI I LOVE YOU


    about 2 months ago
  • jun lei

    i just--the formatting is lovely, the imagery, the figurative language--it's all so brilliant and beautiful, like everything you write. i'm so touched, i love it so much, i love you so much. proud to be a guangzhou girl with a goddess like you.


    about 2 months ago
  • RemovedUser1

    Wow, I love the formatting! And the story is so well written and descriptive. Great job!


    about 2 months ago
  • crystalline•galaxies

    this piece is so descriptive in the most mysterious way possible. it’s absolutely gorgeous.


    about 2 months ago
  • sunny.v

    oh shoot i was thinking of our zoom call nvm


    about 2 months ago
  • sunny.v

    JSKDNFSKFNS THE MESSAGE TO READERS HELP. inside joke tingz!!!


    about 2 months ago