Fairy of Winter Night Sweet - Poem by Chiu-yi Rachel Ngai

As my sandalwood candle goes out

wisping smoke into the witching hour

I dream of ocean waves.


Crashing like lightning, the froth

inedible foam of the goddess

blooming, the revelation rise and fall


from grace, upon my skin

staining my hair, weighing

down my eyes.


Sand fills my mouth, saltpeter,

teeth against teeth.

Gooseflesh across my tongue, skin,


dinnerplate. This year,

winter wind

blows cold and frost


tastes like peppermint

saltwater-from-Atlantic-City

taffy.



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