In Gay Hong Kong

By Louie Crew Clay


Oops.  I just erased the proof:
   you told my answering machine
that tomorrow you will
   unbind your feet on tv.


No matter how quietly you speak
   millions will think you,
   their first, SCREAM!


All others defer to Her Majesty,
   silently trust Her
   to commute
   the death sentence
   if Her Peepers espy them.


Some other child,
   who thought himself
   the only one,
will twist his gauze,
will touch the screen
   to reassure himself
that no one will mistake you two.


Who now will believe that you
spoke to my machine gently,
   that no celli swelled,
   that you did not flutter,
   but breathed?


Louie Crew Clay (a.k.a. Li Min Hua), 80, is an emeritus professor at Rutgers. He lives in East Orange, NJ, with Ernest Clay, his husband of 42 years.  Clay has written 2,638 published manuscripts. Clay has edited special issues of College English and Margins.  His most recent book is Letters from Samaria: The Prose and Poetry of Louie Crew Clay,  Morehouse, 2015. See The University of Michigan collects Clay’s papers. Reach him by email at