Three Poems

Kintsukuroi Blossoms

What boils
Brews and steams
Lost memories don’t
        loosen their grip on the imagination

Body breaks
Breaks dishes one evening
Together repaired with cracks
Just visible enough to warn others
Something happened here

Full of forethought
Wind pushes circuits together
Sharp edges bend, bow, surrender to
Disjoined branches of the ancestral tree

Full force
Combine to combat
        failed system within failed system

Do you break?

Emperatriz Ung is a Chinese-Colombian game designer & writer from the American Southwest. She was a fellow at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Justice in 2015. Her creative work predominantly explores her personal struggles with mental health, teen motherhood, and generational trauma. Follow her on Twitter at @mprtrzng.