Steven Schroeder is a poet and painter who lives and works in Chicago. More at stevenschroeder.org.
A Suicide Flower
A cadre of hibiscus revolutionaries
gather in the hedges along this
busy street, lie low to creep
beneath the iron fence set up
to separate them from masses
moving at the speed of money.
Here and there a suicide flower
throws herself into the crowd,
detonates the red she has
strapped to her body,
sends a shock of useless beauty lying
exposed through a city of desire
Translated by Sou Vai Keng 蘇惠琼
from a water planet, published by Flying Island Books in 2014.