婆婆 is a poem and a tribute to the resilience and love of Huiying’s grandmother and the generations of women in their family. It is part of remember your light, their personal collection of poetry.
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婆婆, when you became the moon
was when i began my journey as water
learning how to understand (all of this life)
you turn me into waves
that constantly reach for both the shore
and the horizon behind the ocean.
婆婆, you planted seeds in this country
and it is my life’s work to grow the garden we are
as widespread as i can.
婆婆, i am the learning to be the garden you dreamed.
Huiying Bernice Chan is a second-generation Toisanese writer, educator, organizer, and dandelion from New York City. Huiying believes in fierce softness and writing to live. Huiying has organized open mics in Boston and grew a student movement for Ethnic Studies at Wellesley College. Starting in September, Huiying will be traveling to and writing about Chinatowns around the world on a traveling fellowship and continuing the search for home in the diaspora.