White Whale Review: An Online Literary Magazine Untitled Document
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MICHELLE CHEN
Michelle Chen is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her articles and reporting have appeared in various online and print journals including In These Times, Colorlines, and Women's International Perspective. She has lately returned to writing poetry, very quietly.
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Michelle Chen

AFTER A STORM

 

Torn drumskin,

pride battered out

by thundering gusts,

draped on

a gnarled elm branch,

tracing cracks in the parchment

of dusk.

 

Stampeding winds

left a pockmarked moonscape of

overgrown lawns.

Premature earth

churned up raw, studded

with breadcrusts.

 

 

 

 

[....]

 


Michelle Chen

Overturned baby stroller

breaching on a powerline.

Tatters of

moth-eaten sweaters

and yesterday's mail

flutter on

patio chair skeletons—

prayer flags

for the insurance man.

 

Disruptured civilization

transfigured into

an infant's mobile,

dangling memory scraps

over a cradle of ruins.

 

Mesmerized, we start

to recollect

and contemplate

how hard

to try standing.

 

Copyright © Michelle Chen. White Whale Review, issue 1.2

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