then kissing each other, then sad
Getting choked
Author: Yang Du
Published on: 9/6/2016 3:15:29 PM

I was about to say something

when Dad cut in

so what I was going to say

got stuck in my throat

choking me

till I found it hard to breathe

 

I coughed hard

I kept drinking

I stuffed my mouth with things

but the word remained stuck

and suspended there

 

when they found the doctor

he removed the word

with the tweezers

but I snatched it off him

and stuffed it back in my mouth

chewing it

before I swallowed it back

and spoke it out

as I covered Mum and Dad’s mouths

 

 

- Yang Du
- translated from the Chinese by Ouyang Yu

photo by Alice Pedroletti

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