For Older Readers

The stories and poems in this section may be most appropriate for young adult readers, but have something that can be enjoyed by everyone.


Ma, remember how you would hold me? 
It was on days just like these: 
we took naps under the curtains,
dozed off sun—us steamed sweet 
like overused bamboo baskets

To Kill Time

When I was a young boy, I had a spectacular adventure. I've know better than most how fickle Time can be. I feel him peering over my shoulder as I write. I hope you’ll let me finish before it’s time to go, old friend.

Plum Tea

Her voice, gently rattling
like a bamboo thicket in the breeze—
greets me as I step over the threshold.
Xiang si ni le:
“I’ve missed you to death.”