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chinese politics (over dim sum) MAG

July 21, 2012
By UtopianSociety PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
UtopianSociety PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Why is being a nerd bad? Saying ‘I noticed you’re a nerd’ is like saying ‘hey, I noticed that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid.'" - John Green

tea me,
king me – this is, after all
a game of checkers we are playing here.
simple, yet understated
with more thoughts than could ever
be spoken in one move.
i lift up my tea cup and watch the
muddy liquid spill over,
burning my hand.

pawn me,
play me.
pawn me off as you're
lacking in some aspects and definitely
understated but she has potential, daughter;
because we all know that bragging
isn't good for the soul –
praise will only
make the Gods take me away.
(i tap my plate twice with my chopsticks,
they can probably hear my obvious

dim me,
sum me
up as nothing more than
a banana (yellow on the Outside
white on the Inside)
peel me open and bite down
on cold flesh, frozen in the freezer for
two weeks because you had great plans
for a chocolate-covered banana, but
forgot about it.

i am me –
i am a me waiting for
the conversation to commence in
slow one upping “have you heard that my daughter got into Yale”
(suck on that)


(Yale is second place for losers)


(my son will be the next Bill Gates)
“Lily is taking four hours of ballet per
day and
she still manages to finish her homework”
(she is so dedicated “what about your daughter? what does she do?”

(can you beat that? would you like another dumpling?)
“my daughter is working very hard; she won prizes in writing”
(she does nothing. i am watching my figure.)

chinese politics is never good for my
self esteem.
i pick at the meat on my plate;
half listening, half understanding,
half ashamed.
half is less than a whole.

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on Apr. 25 2013 at 12:39 am
OnlyOfSilver BRONZE, Los Angeles, California
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Favorite Quote:
"We live and breath words" --Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

You've allowed so many people to relate to you through this poem, I being one of them. Thank you and excellent writing!

on Apr. 24 2013 at 3:26 pm
WinstonSmith BRONZE, Columbia, Missouri
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I can relate to you.   This is a really good poem.

on Apr. 21 2013 at 8:58 am
MichaelZhang PLATINUM, Guildford, Other
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Favorite Quote:
The purpose of competition is to eliminate the competition.

You're right...a exact peom to describe the situation. Excellent!

on Apr. 19 2013 at 11:07 am
rose.baker BRONZE, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Today you are you
That is truer than true
There is no one alive
That is youer than you."
--Dr. Suess

This is awesome. I love it. Enough said.

on Apr. 19 2013 at 10:28 am
LeighFreyre SILVER, Phoenix, Arizona
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OMG THIS IS SO GOOOD!!!!! This is like way above the caliber of stuff that i usually see on this site! wow, i am seriously imressed, this is a fascinating piece

alx_rms SILVER said...
on Apr. 4 2013 at 9:39 am
alx_rms SILVER, Naples, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The computer is a moron."

I applaud you. This is a very well written piece of poetry withgood use of allusion and metaphor throughout.

lxlxl said...
on Apr. 4 2013 at 2:26 am
lxlxl, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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I really enjoyed reading this, you write beautifully.  As a banana myself, I understand completely. Classic conversation among Chinese mothers. :)

asofnow GOLD said...
on Apr. 3 2013 at 11:53 pm
asofnow GOLD, Troy, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Nothing gold can stay ~ Robert Frost

Ahahaha, So true. Very very well written. Good job.

on Apr. 3 2013 at 9:09 pm
ClaireCanHasAWrite SILVER, East Haddam, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"The greatest fear in the world is the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom."-Osho

Wow... great work. Great descriptives and meaning...

on Apr. 2 2013 at 10:27 am
LizJaejoong GOLD, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
"I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees"

THIS is seriously amazing, like holy crap.