Sunday, 14 February 2010

Cupid Knows His Job by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

an egg sushi in his mouth,
lots of wasabi.
He eats and eats and eats
anything Japanese.

next to a vase two tables away,
a girl with a composed face,
slowly sips her green tea.

if easy love exists,
the two strangers
will see each other
and subtly fall in spell.

give them three minutes,

and another three.
come on you stupid man!
here is a girl with sensual wet lips--
look at her
look at her
look at her

the observer is irritated.
then someone else -
(there is always a someone else)
walks to the girl and gestures humbleness,
like in a Shakespearean play.
she unbuttons her tight face
and welcomes the new girl.
I am in shock,

Cupid knows his job.

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, London, UK

Previously published in Nth Position (September 2007)


Crafty Green Poet said...

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a Hong Kong-born writer currently based in London, UK. She is a founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (

Karen said...

Love the point of view and the unexpected turn!

ThoseThr3Words-Claire said...

I really enjoyed this poem, also the unexpected twist. It has a simplicity and yet a depth of meaning reminiscent of haiku.

t said...

Dear Karen and Claire,

Thank you so much for your kind comments!