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Two Poems

Two Poems M A N J U K A N C H U L I t he h ung er f or j us tice a nd the wat er of d es per at ion After preparing a feast and satisfying the entire family like a highly skilled housewife she's been satisfying herself as she licks the empty cauldron and pan or swallows the slightly burnt leavings, and she falls asleep hungry and weepy-eyed this rainy night but not without fulfilling you in your bedroom She's been spending her days licking the salty grit on the empty pan provided by legislation No justice has come to ask, "Have you eaten?" It's not just this century-long night she has slept without food There were many nights like that Today too there's a feast at her house Tell them: In her name don't put out a portion of the festive rice to be cooked She doesn't need feasts like these Because amid great feasts she already has the habit of fasting herself to sleep Fire rages on the riverbank She has blanketed that terrible inferno of hunger with a flood of water She has doused the flame sufficiently with the unfathomable http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Two Poems

Manoa , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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M A N J U K A N C H U L I t he h ung er f or j us tice a nd the wat er of d es per at ion After preparing a feast and satisfying the entire family like a highly skilled housewife she's been satisfying herself as she licks the empty cauldron and pan or swallows the slightly burnt leavings, and she falls asleep hungry and weepy-eyed this rainy night but not without fulfilling you in your bedroom She's been spending her days licking the salty grit on the empty pan provided by legislation No justice has come to ask, "Have you eaten?" It's not just this century-long night she has slept without food There were many nights like that Today too there's a feast at her house Tell them: In her name don't put out a portion of the festive rice to be cooked She doesn't need feasts like these Because amid great feasts she already has the habit of fasting herself to sleep Fire rages on the riverbank She has blanketed that terrible inferno of hunger with a flood of water She has doused the flame sufficiently with the unfathomable

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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