The Woman within Her House by Anna Yin

Poem title: The Woman Within her House Poet name: Anna yin Poem: Around the doorway, you wander, breathe in two languages. Remembrance is a house with front and back yards. You want to add more windows. Not for increasing its value, nor to make it pretty. Just because you live there. The wind swings the door open— shadows float in moonlight. Someday you’ll get tired and list the house for sale. But somewhere else, behind a door, whispers imitate languages. Nobody knows where you have been— the rain is like a curtain, your face veiled. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Anna Yin Won second place for 12th Mattia Family International Poetry Contest, then reprinted in Wings Toward Sunlight (Mosaic Press 2011). Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has authored five collections of poetry with sixth book Mirrors and Windows (Guernica Editions, 2011). Her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal etc. Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, three grants from OAC and 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. She teaches Poetry Alive.