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spacer.gif   gordon cc liao
Posted by : cj on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 02:21 PM
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i noticed a growth on my fatherís face
yesterday

i didnít say anything
because
i wasnít sure
how long it had been there

and
what would he have thought
if i had asked him
and
it had been there
the whole time
since
i was a kid

since the last time
i sat on his lap
and told him
i loved him


Typical (2:35)

I am your typical model

Five foot six
Eyes like slits
Rounded jaw
With a dick so limp
Canít even find it in my drawers

I am your typical model

Young, yellow urban professional
With too many M.D., P.H.D. and other D.D.D. degrees
I perfected the GRE, SAT, ACT, and even passed the Bar
Find me at any hospital
Except of course, for that one on E.R

I am your typical model

Growiní up with payless pro wings
Instead of BKs and Troop
Flea market Jordans
Instead of Starter jackets and jumpsuits
One pair of jeans
And one winter coat
Cuffed up one day
The next turned inside out

I am your typical model

Moms came home
One day saying
Your daddy left us with nothing
Nothing
Nothing
And my ten year old ass
Staring at the TV, thinking
Ainít nothing bad supposed
To happen to this model
Nothing
Nothing
Nothing

I am your typical model

Shopping at Aldiís
TJ Maxx,
Hunting at flea markets,
Coupons stacked
Like mountains on
My momís kitchen table
Daddy sitting beneath pounds
Of paperwork describing
His familyís future, his failure

I am your typical model

An illegal alien with no kicks
Fresh off the refugee ship
Into this countryís thick lipped abyss
Feeniní a green card like a heroin fix
Trying to pick up its flies
With my golden chopsticks

I am your typical model

Been shot up, spit on
Gangsta branded and spoken for
My brotherís been arrested
Too many times now
My famís been living
In this Chinatown ghetto
For three generations now
You ever seen this
Typical vicious ghetto cycle?

I am your typical model

Just trying to make a living
Dry cleaning
Cooking
Washing
Wax off
Wax on

I am your typical model

Long
Duck
Dong

I am your typical model

Black as a desert night
Brown as dried blood
Tan as a healthy twilight
White as the fairest frost
My moms & dads are butchers
Waiters, doctors, drug dealers
Artists, actors, dentists
And hired killers
Cops, robbers, bankers
And food stamp winners
Homeless, hustlers, tricks
And suicidal teenagers

Thatís right.

Cuz I am your typical model

Minority

Have you seen me on TV lately?


Note: gordon cc liao grew up in the Chicago southern suburbs. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he co-founded and directed MOTU Tsunami, an Asian American acting troupe. His play "hung bao" was produced by the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco.

 
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