28 March 2024: Somehow


~ by Dorothy Chan

            For Norman

You visit me in a dream after passing, 
            after I’ve been awaiting you for weeks, 
because Chinese belief teaches us our 
            loved ones will appear when we’re asleep. 
It’s real when I enter the hotel restaurant 
            in the middle of nowhere town I live in, 
as the Midwest architecture transforms 
            into Kowloon at evening time. We eat 
bird’s nest soup, and I remember the time 
            my father ordered me this four-hundred- 
year-old delicacy at Hong Kong airport. 
            Out comes the Peking duck, and I ask you: 
“Why did it take you so long?” You answer: 
            “I arrived once you were strong and ready.”  



Copyright © 2024 by Dorothy Chan. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on March 26, 2024, by the Academy of American Poets. 




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