Thursday, May 14, 2015

Blueline and Red Thread: Scream from the Shadows, IV

It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly. -- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

the diary
under a floorboard
in his room
the broken mirror reflects
her breast binder
(for Ru-nas; Ru-na literally means "be/act like (Ru) a man (Na)" in Chinese)

LGBT Tanka, Atlas Poetica, 2012

is life more
than the sum of its parts?
s/he stands
between the doors of
male and female restrooms

Bright Stars, IV, 2014

Note:  "Scream from the Shadows" is the first themed section of  Blueline and Red Thread, the first collection of sociopolitical tanka. And you can read the preceding tanka here.

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