Out there in California (2)

mister chu imagines










He always imagines
shoulders like these
or just one I suppose
unless you were to sit
astride them
and all day long.

Mister Chu who is Korean
but allows others
to imagine him Japanese
can smell the dust
of each internment camp
out there in California.

Before The West
allowed for all things
it was not free
but instead wild
in the way that animals
kill each other.

We against them
and us against you
until the taming is done
and enough time passes
to make a quiet history
out of shame.

But even the dead
dream of their fathers
of some safety in the world
and even the living
search for the missing
and a peace of mind.