The Orange Room Review

Accessible poetry of substance


Birthdays

by Tammy Ho Lai-ming


Your third was born last week.
In a hospital room full of balloons and carnations,
no one said he looked like you.
Few even noticed your presence.
All eyes on the duo: the fat woman,
her belly still bulging, and
the baby with a face like a hard-boiled egg,
and crumpled limbs.

It's your wife's birthday too—
now more cause to remember
the significance of the date.
And yes, I said, it was a cruel month,
and a fool's day.

She got a baby, this year;
I received a book coupon.
Five hundred Hong Kong dollars,
but you told me not to be jealous.



TAMMY HO LAI-MING is a Hong Kong-born writer currently based in London, UK. She is an assistant poetry editor of Sotto Voce Magazine and a founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She blogs at http://tammyholaiming.com.