Favourite Poet 3

This morning after listening to the world
I was about to jump into the world when
I must wash my face
And brush my teeth.

Brush my teeth!

Then and there,
as if electrocuted all of a sudden
as if I had to view the scence again – vividly
her acting of the way she brushed her teeth!

How she
brushed her teeth
then gurgled
and the gurgle
she swallowed

Then her photograph
her name Kawabata Mamiko
a quote from her
I read:

“I am not an artist
I am a…worker”

My friend, who reads this poem
Have you brushed your teeth?

Aung Cheimpt
September 2005

Translated by Maung Tha Noe

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