Leftover

Poetry / Joseph Han

sounds like lover
if you say it fast enough.

What else peels off
when I remove

the bed sheet after
it has been stained.

As if to say,
I too can change.

A towel is ready to fall
off the rack

after the weight
of too many showers.

Sometimes mourning
sounds like a new day.

Joseph Han was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He is the author of a poetry chapbook, Orphan (Tinfish Press 2015). His recent work has appeared in Entropy, AAWW’s The Margins, The Feminist Wire, and Bamboo Ridge Press. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing and composition.