Peter Pan flies orphans to Neverland as
the promising plane takes off
from terminal 1 in 上海
through Ellis Island, America’s Neverland,
carrying a Farmer & a Schoolgirl
built of Western wishes & Eastern
eyes & Homesick hearts & American
Instead of sweet candy covering caramel-soaked cruelty,
a witch named America tempts Farmer Boy & Schoolgirl
with pledges of “liberty and justice for all.” In the shadows,
star-glazed Freedom veils the perfume of xenophobia
that trail the Farmer Boy & the Schoolgirl
like a permanent scent.
Schoolgirl during the day & now Waitress by night
falls under America’s false fable of stumbling
down a rabbit hole & somehow making it to
Wonderland. Soon she’ll realize that
rabbits scurry away & scowl at her
matted oriental fur.
Like the Little Mermaid, Farmer Boy trades
his voice for silence, under the petty guise of
a utopia; but foreign tongue slipping
up licking ounces of confidence slurping
mandarin soup, until immigrant blood
purifies to a Western white,
distills his dreams into a dystopia.
Fairytales are supposed to have happy endings,
are they not? Farmer Boy & Schoolgirl
are weeded of their innocence,
plowed of their culture, & skinned
to even have a chance of happily ever after.
Model minority myth infects the immigrant fantasy
as a nightmare plagues
their American Dream.