Hong Kong Summer

by Tammy Ho Lai-ming

The old men playing chess in the park
say a typhoon is brewing.
And if it doesn’t land, there’ll be three days of rain.
You know they all roll up their shirts
to let their stomachs breathe.
They might as well be Buddhas.


Tammy Ho Lai-ming is a Hong Kong-born writer. She is an assistant poetry editor of Sotto Voce Magazine and a founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She blogs at tammyholaiming.com.

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