Meeting Matthew

Never had I seen so handsome a man

In his face I see my father

my brother and the child

we lost thirty years ago

I feel his eyes on me

searching for something familiar.

After a hello and a hug, he says

I remember your smile

His face reveals nothing of

how he felt when he heard

that his father is dead

I don’t know what he remembers

or how our history was told to him

during his parents’ separation.

The three generations that were left behind

when his mother took him away

have all departed

His great grandmother had prayed at

the family altar for his return everyday and

his name was on his

grandfather’s lips when he died.

The happiness of four

generations sharing one roof

is a myth

The real world goes like this…

The real world goes like this: the happiness of four generations sharing one roof is a myth.  His great grandmother had prayed at the family altar for his return everyday and his name was on his grandfather’s lips when he died.  The three generations that were left behind when his mother took him away have all departed.

I don’t know what he remembers or how our history was told to him during his parents’ separation.  His face reveals nothing of how he felt when he heard that his father is dead.

After a hello and a hug, he says, I remember your smile.  I feel his eyes on me, searching for something familiar.  In his face I see my father, my brother and the child we lost thirty years ago.

Never had I seen so handsome a man.

(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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4 Responses to Meeting Matthew

  1. Powerful and moving.

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  2. Tragic and poignant

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