SACRIFICE

Grandma said

Ashes from incense

Make the finest talc

Perfect for suffocation

                         *

There is the river

But a woman must do it

In that big bronze basin

In front of the family altar

Those tablets carved with

Names of male ancestors and

That big register of male births

                           *

These things bear witness

To a woman’s burden

Her guilt of bearing

A worthless

Girl

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2015

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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