Vivian Zhang

Tuo Xie

If I lived in China
then every zhao shang I
would zheng kai my
yian jing and chi chuang,
drink some zhou, grab a bao zhi
for the road, and eat while I ride
my zi xing che to xue xiao
where I shang ke.

During class I pass notes
to my peng you
when I am supposed to xue xi.
If we get caught
the lao shi will pi ping us,
and we will get in ma fan.

The bell rings
we fang xue, so I hop on
my zi xing che and
ride home. As soon as
I hui jia, I put on
my tuo xie, make cha,
and start my gong ke.
When it is wan sang, I will
sui jiao and when I
xing lai, I’ll do it all
over again.


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