Two Poems | Susan Moon
Picasso's Korea Diptych
Shadow-lit bodies of expectant mothers
are mapped in raised-relief, stripped
A woman's palms open to grief's longitude
but you've heard this all before, haven't you?
Hahoe-tal faces of gnarled maternity
split in asymmetric anguish, multiplying
empty pupils fixed on me
trenched against the forcible foot of war
by armored angles of grommets and steel.
crosshaired by kingdoms trying to prove a point
From afar, blades are rendered blameless
fascinate all that silver rib and ligament
their muzzles, massacre after massacre,
unmothering another daughter of war.
Unrequited Super Tampon
between your legs, I soak
your blood / Your fury floods
with such brunt
The night you blacked out
blunted by some crooked cocktail
the security alarm sounded
you did not hear the trespasser
bust / your vestibule
bypassing your usual sensors
tracking grime on the undersides
of his soles, unannounced
and unwelcome. I was made to protect you
from shameful accidents but I could not block
the intruder from breaking:
the fine china / light bulbs / wall clocks
the celadon teapot / you inherited from your mother.
I tried to stop it all from shattering
was knocked to a dark corner
of the ravaged room
unconscious and reeling. No, I cannot—
what he was wearing
the shape of his nose
nor the color of his eyes
But I'll tell you this: He was not unfamiliar
with blood. No stranger to casual cruelties.
I called you by name
but you did not answer hurled flare signals
a pain shooting through your core
but how could I reach you?
I withered in you the smell
of your rot the only thing
you awakened to. How is it
you could stare back into his eyes
the morning after the breaking
open of everything
but when rude forceps slung me
back into your stratosphere
inhospitable to my cotton
on a cold tray of stainless steel
you could not look me in the eye,
my threads come unbraided
and undone? Did you think
this would be the last time
for rage / release?
Susan is a Korean-American poet and MFA candidate at the Writer’s Foundry of St. Joseph’s College. Her work has appeared in Gianthology, The Shore and The Gravity of the Thing. Her coordinates for home fall between the US, China and Korea, and she currently resides in Brooklyn.