Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 10/23/20


I dissolve like sugar in scalding coffee
mixed violently until I can’t stand alone.
The taste of you overtakes my identity
until I’m only a background element.
Light or bold pour as it suits you
all of me now invisible to naked eyes.


Marbles in my mouth
Won’t allow me to tell
You how you broke me
My eyes just leak my pain
On an unfeeling floor

Justified Rage

I saw her yesterday
The reason for my heartache
Beautiful, glowing – your mistress
I wonder if you were always restless

She grabbed her coffee and left
The woman with whom you slept
You asked me to forgive you
If only I could forget, too

Her car slowly pulled away
I ran after her, my soul is decayed
Like a crazy woman, screaming
My dreams crashing, bleeding

You said it wasn’t about love
But a once-in-a lifetime slipup
You should be the reason for my rage
I won’t turn but burn the page

©2020 Yong Takahashi All rights reserved.

Yong Takahashi won the Chattahoochee Valley Writers National Short Story Contest and the Writer’s Digest’s Write It Your Way Contest. She was a finalist in The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest, Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest, and Georgia Writers Association Flash Fiction Contest. She was awarded Best Pitch at the Atlanta Writers Club Conference.
The Escape to Candyland, a short story collection, was published in 2020.
To learn more about Yong, visit:
All social media @yctwriter

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