Swallowing the Moon

November 1, 2011

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A 2009 NEA Fellow in Literature, Laotian-American writer Bryan Thao Worra’s work is featured in over 70 international publications including Innsmouth Free Press, Dark Wisdom, Tales of the Unanticipated, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, London Ghetto Poets, the Journal of the Asian American Renaissance and Illumen. He is the author of five collections of poetry including On The Other Side of the Eye, The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner with Cluster Bombs, and Barrow. He is a Many Voices Fellow of the Playwrights Center and has received a 2009 Asian Pacific Leadership Award for the Arts from state Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. You can visit him at thaoworra.blogspot.com

Some see an anonymous man or a thief of sheep.
Some a goddess like Hina-i-ka-malama or Chang’e.
Perhaps a princess of rabbits or a magician’s jealous head,
Her face painted with bells.
Cain.
A criminal from the Book of Numbers.
A cook. A witch. A home for the dead among those stones.

A zoo hungers
With bellies for cosmic lights:
Nak, lung, serpentine Bakunawa.
Wolves, frogs and old gods seeking a bite!

We chase with fireworks, bold arrows, bullets, hoots,
Our clamor of mortals who wish to journey to heaven and return
Mischievous ravens and spiders, master marksmen and demigods.
Defenders, uncontested, unsung.

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© Bryan Thao Worra

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  1. littlelaosontheprairie

    Bryan Thao Worra is our unsung poetry hero! He’s actually much better as a dancing hero, a dear friend and contributor at our Little Laos on the Prairie blog. I guess we’re a little biased but we love him. Thanks for sharing!

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