When I Grow Up

   from A Suitcase of Seaweed by Janet Wong

   

I want to be an artist, Grandpa--

write and paint, dance and sing.


                                                            Be accountant.

                                                            Be lawyer.

                                                            Make good living,

                                                            buy good food.

                                                            Back in China,

                                                            in the old days,

                                                            everybody

                                                            so, so poor.

                                                            Eat one chicken,

                                                            work all year.


Grandpa, things are different

here.



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