Two Poems by Christine Chia

luminous grape

 

Imagine your faith is

a story,

a story in which a man who was God

died for a people

who never loved Him

 

Faith suspends

disbelief like gravity suspends

the moon from the earth

like a luminous grape

from a dying fox

 

who died the death

of a butterfly

dreaming of life as a human

who killed his brother in a story

 

y(ears)

 

I once knew a man who

clutched the black telephone wire

 

like an umbilical cord,

carrying it everywhere,

 

especially the bathroom

where walls bounced back

 

his voice to him

like his mother’s womb.

 

His mother

didn’t listen to him;

 

all his life, he looked

for a woman

 

who had ears

only; 

 

her silence

would

 

be his.

 

CHRISTINE CHIA is the author of The Law of Second Marriages (Math Paper Press, 2011, 2014) and Separation: a history (Ethos Books, 2014). She is the co-editor of the groundbreaking poetry anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford (Math Paper Press, 2014) and a featured writer for the Singapore Literature Festival in New York at the 92nd Street Y.