Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is the founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and an assistant professor of literature at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times and for the Forward Prize and her translations can be found in World Literature Today, China Literature Today, Drunken Boat, Pathlight, and elsewhere. She co-edited Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octavio Paz (Chameleon) in 2014, while her first poetry collection, Hula Hooping (Chameleon), was published in April this year. Her collection of short stories, Her Name Upon the Strand (Delere), is forthcoming in 2016. More at www.sighming.com.
The Space Between the Rain
You’re none of those whose eyesight
is impeccable. And so you can’t see through
the space between the rain.
When the rain is complicated
by an unexpected storm, you try
to smoothe the stuttering curtains.
No more dainty toes poking past the fabrics
like when we played hide and seek. That time,
you found me almost immediately.
How you didn’t and still don’t understand
the importance of suspense
and the tact of letting me win.