Rice Cake Idioms
The rice cake in the painting is what you want but can’t have
—less than 3% of adopted Koreans find their mothers.
I am a poor translator; here is an example of a windy boy:
my birthfather/your lover, boss, client, or even possibly rapist
was married. Your heartbreak is from splitting—
it’s 3:03am Seoul, South Korea/11:03am Flagstaff, Arizona.
Have you ever eaten rice cakes while lying down?
Did you have a fruit-dream about my gender?
Rest easy, mother. I have been overfed. I have been offered seconds,
you would love the sticky rice steamed in lotus leaves,
the sweet-jewels I eat in bed.
by Bo Schwabacher
from Jellyfish Magazine
Issue 14, Fall 2016