Poetry

Made in China

Photo Credit: xiaming. CC-BY-NC-SA.
Photo Credit: xiaming.
CC-BY-NC-SA.

i’m practicing my Chinese
in a K-Mart
i’m translating labels
as i come to them
and this shirt says
it’s made in China
by people who believed in free speech
and made the mistake of saying so
and this pair of pants was
hand-crafted in China
by a woman who mentioned
Tiananmen square
and these socks
were produced in China
by a man who is gay
or maybe he’s Christian
my Chinese
really
just isn’t that good
and this toy
was assembled in China by someone
it could have been anyone
who lived in Tibet
and this coat for the winter
was made by them all
made by the people
in the factory prisons
and you hope they don’t know
but you know that they do
that each man
and each woman
that everyone knows
the US is where
their merchandise goes