Poem: The Invasion

The invasion that took over my father was not him, It was another Monster hiding In his stolen body shell This monster took us Straight to Hell My mother My brother My sister and I We’re all Still miraculously alive Living mysteriously graced by diamonds. We live our lives sometimes in lies for etiquette and…

Poem: Forgiveness Comes in Waves (haiku in 8 variations)

************************************ 1) Father Super Creep Rapist wannabe, Rage monster pervert. 2) Pedophile father Fool of regrets…but sorrow Can’t erase abuse. 3) Orphan-like father I forgive you but I won’t Deny or forget. 4) Misguided father You weren’t the family doctor, Sickness was in you. 5) Like Jekyll and Hyde I feel sorry for you now…

Memoir : Nemesis Friend

We treated her like a servant because she was the eldest born female child, in traditional Korean households it meant you were held responsible. Since childhood she was our: maid, nanny, cook, and laundress. But the many hats my sister wore never included Princess, that was my orphaned, Resident-Invalid role. I was deemed special, as…

Memoir : Big White Van (part two)

Father hit my head and kicked me to the ground with ferocity. The shock of the blow surged through my brain like a lightning bolt. “Next time answer me when I ask you a question!” he shouted, then he kidnapped my cousin. They left in the early afternoon and returned in the evening. It was…

Half-lives and Help-mates (a reflection on “A Handmaid’s Tale”)

After watching season one of the Hulu series, “A Handmaid’s Tale” which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel about a dystopian world of enslaved surrogate breeders in a sterile patriarchal society; distinct parallels between Confucian and Christian doctrines that I was raised with immediately resurfaced. Historically Patriarchy thrived in militant cultures that valued competition…