Twenty Five Haiku



A hundred red fire ants scouring, scouring the white peony



Fallen plum blossoms return to the branch, you sleep, then
                 harden again



Cuttlefish in my palm stiffens with rigor mortis, boy toys can't
                 love


Neighbor's barn: grass mat, crickets, Blue Boy, trowel handle,
                 dress soaked in mud



Iron-headed mace; double-studded halberd slice into emptiness



O fierce Oghuz, tie me to two wild elephants, tear me in half



O my swarthy herder, two-humped bactrian, drive me the long
distance



Forceps, tongs, bushi, whip, flanks, scabbard, stirrup, goads,
distaff, wither, awl



Black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne's lace, bounty of cyclamen,
mown paths erupt



Gaze at the charred hills, the woebegone kiosks, we are all
God's hussies



I have not fondled the emperor's lapdog, whose name is Black
Muzzle



Urge your horses into the mist-swilled Galilee, O sweet
                 Bedlamite



Her Majesty's randying up the jewel stairs to find the pleasure
                 dome



Ancient pond; the frog jumps in and in and in: the deep slap of
                 water



The frog jumps into the ancient pond; she says, no, I am not
                 ready



Coyote cooked his dead wife's vagina and fed it to his new wife



I plucked out three white pubic hairs and they turned into
                 flying monkeys



Let's do it on the antimacassar, on the antimacassar



Little Red drew her teeny pistol from her basket and said "eat
                 me"



Chimera: Madame Pol Pot grafting a date tree onto a date tree



His unworthy appendage, his mutinous henchman grazed my
                 pink cheeks



He on top now changes to bottom, Goddess welcomes her
                 devotee



Fish fish fowl fowl, mock me Mistress Bean Curd, I am both
                 duck and essence



Don't touch him, bitch, we're engaged; and besides, he's
wearing my nipple ring



Sing sing little yellow blight rage rage against the dying of the
                 light
Marilyn Chin, "Twenty Five Haiku" from Hard Love Province. Copyright © 2014 by Marilyn Chin. Used by permission of the author and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Source: Hard Love Province (W. W. Norton & Company Inc., 2014)