by eva ting

the machines whirred in their habitual way
spitting out sheaths and sheaths
of letters, contracts,
forms to sign here and X there,
palette of pastels and the common white.

your pen scratched across that line—
a hesitant dance at first but then a quick flourish,
that tiny spot bleeding at the end where the tip
lingered a moment too long.

this is how it is then, a marriage ends,
amidst the faxes and telephones,
the buzz and hum of business as usual.

this is where we do that final uncleaving,
flesh tearing from flesh,
undoing vows and covenants
and words once pregnant with promise.

now we are two again.

this is where i watch you walk,
away from me,
the gentle slide of glass,
your figure imposed in a field of bright,
as the sun shines in its habitual way,
benevolent, warm,
calling life to wake and stir and move and breathe.

~

Eva Ting graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in journalism and B.A. in English. For the past seven years, she has been living in Shanghai, China and is currently the director of twocities art gallery.

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3 Responses to “morning: signing divorce papers at kinkos”


  1. […] 29, 2010 Eva Ting, whose poem “morning: signing divorce papers at kinkos” appeared in LiturgicalCredo, was briefly interviewed on CNN’s Web […]


  2. […] 30, 2010 · Leave a Comment Eva Ting, whose poem “morning: signing divorce papers at kinkos” appeared in LiturgicalCredo, was briefly interviewed on CNN’s Web […]


  3. […] Also, you can read a previous poem by Ting, “morning: signing the divorce papers at kinkos,” here. […]


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