婆婆: A Tribute Poem by Huiying B. Chan

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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fish-scale skies that tell of the rain to come. from my mother. Image of white clouds stretched over a bright blue sky and treetops. photo by huiying b. chan.

Click on the player to play the audio, or read the transcript below.

 

TRANSCRIPT

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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