Chao Lei

With one hand on your chin
You look like you’re contemplating
Great Things
Like a career in Hollywood
Or …………………………….
I wonder

What brand of pomade
Do you wear
To be able to flatten
Your broomstick Mongol hair
Like that
Royal Crown for a royal crown
You’re propping up with the said hand?

Whatever happened?

What remains of you
Is a stock fan-letter reply postcard
Of a handsome oriental devil
In sepia

My girlfriend bought it
On a quick stop-over trip
to Hong Kong

Did you ever make it?

Now I look at the watch
You wear on the hand
That propped up your chin
Its hands
Frozen in time
Like the thousands
People found on 10/11

(Were you there?)

They show a mangled
Victory sign

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