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273rd Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 273rd Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s book suggested.

Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today’s poem is from Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, recited by Shara Gunawan:

Learning to Love America

because it has no pure products

because the Pacific Ocean sweeps along the coastline
because the water of the ocean is cold
and because land is better than ocean

because I say we rather than they

because I live in California
I have eaten fresh artichokes
and jacaranda bloom in April and May

because my senses have caught up with my body
my breath with the air it swallows
my hunger with my mouth

because I walk barefoot in my house

because I have nursed my son at my breast
because he is a strong American boy
because I have seen his eyes redden when he is asked who he is
because he answers I don’t know

because to have a son is to have a country
because my son will bury me here
because countries are in our blood and we bleed them

because it is late and too late to change my mind
because it is time.

What do you think?

  • Beth Hoffman

    Gave me the chills. Perfect execution and stunning in every way.

  • Anna

    Wow, what a powerful poem. It reminds me a little of The Joy Luck Club for some reason, the immigrant mothers and the things they try to teach their American-born daughters.

    • I thought that was fantastic! It reminds me of all those immigrant stories, even Lisa See’s novels.