They clink their empty plates every night,
to inspire speculation from neighbours
that they have food, that they eat too.
They save their best dress
Not for church, not for a dance.
They wear it when someone
in the family dies
so it’ll get some sun.
Tammy Ho Lai-ming is a Hong Kong-born writer currently based in London, United Kingdom. She is a founding co-editor of the first and only Hong Kong-based literary publication, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. You can find out more about the author by visiting www.sighming.com.