Essay 1 final - Ko 1 Nora Ko Professor Kashyap English 1B:...

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Ko 1 Nora Ko Professor Kashyap English 1B: 8 to 9:30 7 February 2010 For a New Citizen of These United States 1 Forgive me for thinking I saw 2 The irregular postage stamp of death; 3 A black moth the size of my left 4 Thumbnail is all I’ve trapped in the damask. 5 There is no need for alarm. And 6 There is no need for sadness, if 7 the rain at the window now reminds you 8 of nothing; not even of that parlor, long like a nave, where cloud-shadow, 9 wing-shadow, where the father-shadow 10 continually confused the light. In flight, 11 leaf-throng and, later, soldiers and 12 flags deepened those windows to submarine. 13 But you don’t remember, I know, 14 So I won’t mention that house where Chung hid,
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Ko 2 15 Ming hush-hushed us with small song. And since you 16 Don’t recall the missionary 17 Bells chiming the hour, or those words whose sounds 18 alone exhaust the heart--garden, 19 heaven, amen--I'll mention none of it. 20 After all, it was just our life, 21 merely years in a book of years. It was 22 1960, and we stood with 23 the other families on a crowded 24 railroad platforms. The trains came, then 25 the rains, and then we got separated. 26 And in the interval between 27 familiar faces, events occurred, which 28 one of us faithfully penciled 29 in a day-book bound by a rubber band. 30 But birds, as you say, fly forward. 31 So I won't show you letters and the shawl 32 I've so meaninglessly preserved. 33 And I won't hum along, if you don't, when 34 our mothers sing Nights in Shanghai.
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Ko 3 35 I won't, each Spring, each time I smell lilac, 36 recall my mother, patiently 37 stitching money inside my coat lining, 38 if you don't remember your mother 39 preparing for your own escape. 40 After all, it was only our 41 life, our life and its forgetting. By: Li-Young Lee
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2010 for the course ENGLISH 1B taught by Professor Kashyap during the Spring '10 term at City College of San Francisco.

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