Mei Nü

Mei Nü is the Chinese word for “beautiful woman” or “goddess”.

Her hair was always perfect

for she could outrun the wind,

she’d say her house was filled with gifts

that Mother Earth would send.


Bullets couldn’t catch her,

but insults sometimes would.

Beauty wouldn’t condemn her,

but society itself could.


And midnight thoughts sometimes do

see the light of day,

and though an act unspeakable,

it was better than the things they say—


And still do, over her grave,

over closed eyes and haunted face,

“Beautiful thing, she’ll forever be

to mankind a disgrace.”