Dark Jade

by Rich Boucher

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I wrote this in early February to help address my (and the the rest of the world's) feelings about Sushi. People say that they like Sushi, but they are liars.


Dark Jade

It just sat there
on the dinner plate,
simpering at me comically,
almost insistently eyeing me,
a small white-grey cloud
of dead marine tissue
and shivering, miserable grains
of ghostly, flavorless rice,
corseted by a band of dark,
impenetrable jade seaweed.

What is this, I cried.

It’s beautiful;
it is indescribable,
and it is made of Asian,
and it will save you
and turn you into culture,
and sophistication,
and it will give you
as much New York magazine sex
as you are able to handle,
and it is called “Sushi”, said one.

What is this, I cried,
alone in the darkness of a dream.

It is called “Sushi”, and really aware
and beautiful people
who could almost be models
and who volunteer at the homeless shelters
and who care about war
and organic food prices
like to eat it while wearing
Venezuelan sweaters, said another.

What is this, I cried.

Why does it look so small
in comparison to the plate,
I screamed into the void.

How come it’s cold
and it isn’t cooked,
I sobbed like a desperate child.

Please, just have some of this “Sushi”,
please, please come closer to us, physically,
maybe take some of your clothes off,
and have some of this wonderful “Sushi”;
said still another one, the one Jesus loved.

But I was not good enough,
or beautiful enough,
to sit at any table
where “Sushi” was served.

That is why I killed myself.

Thank you.

Copyright © 2011 by Rich Boucher.


released February 5, 2011



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Rich Boucher Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rich Boucher is a performance poet whose poems have appeared in Adobe Walls: An Anthology of New Mexico Poetry, Fickle Muses, The Rag, The Malpais Review, Crack the Spine, Menagerie, Clutching at Straws, Shot Glass Journal, Mutant Root, Sparkbright, The Mas Tequila Review, Borderline, The Legendary and The Nervous Breakdown. ... more

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