Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dear China,

i was inspired today as i walked to the metro and once again noticed the foul odor that seems to pervade this city.  and so, i spent my commute and shopping trip composing this gem on my phone.  enjoy!

Dear China,

i'm tired of the way you smell;
i'm tired of your grime.
i'm tired of the crowd control;
and never sneaking by.

i miss wheat bread and cereal;
i miss my mom's roast beef.
i miss tomato sauce with pasta,
and meat without its feet.

i miss wide open spaces;
i miss green everywhere.
i miss my car and traffic laws,
and the logic of the west.

i love your stir fry and your boudzuh;
i love your fair eggplant.
i love your lights and sparkle,
and cartoons on every hat.

i love how you make me stop and stare,
so in the end i'll stay;
for where else could i say, "oh, china."
at least three times a day.

3 comments:

Rob Mc said...

Ha! Nicely done. I sent it one to my friends who just returned from China.

Jami said...

I am Rob's friend who just returned from China. As a world traveler, I know that when you are away from everything that is normal for you, life can seem a bit crazy. A favorite line of mine is, "such a long long time to be gone, but a short time to be there". Keep smiling and smelling!

kim said...

that is a great line and so true. it feels like such a long time but never enough time. thanks for that!