Emunah (After HyunA) by Rosebud Ben-Oni

HyunA Red Poetry

In every bubble shop I double
All the buses pop all the boys
Drown in the pool all the fools
All the dogs the roads lost walking
Too many dogs I buried them too
Left it all in the dust this is not
Over the monkey I wore double like
If corsets could talk
Corset see corset do
There’s no door to lock
The fairest of us all a single
Syllable bridge OH
She went mad threw herself over it
Left it all in the dust this is not just
Tossing basic of the party walk
Slapping the voodoo out of you walk
Blow up the street in cathedral length
Just to cross the room
Makes it smaller
Need directions 
Sorry there’s no river wide enough
Not enough camel cash
Say a prayer last call
Dead hand in your wine glass
Mirror mirror I will not
Shine on the canals or pyramids
There’s no need to level mountains
When you call for me how strange
Is it not dust to dust I’m far off
The little desert church
Calling the clock         
Shut your eyes
Don’t look at it


Poet’s note:

HyunA has a tattoo of the Hebrew word Emunah. A simple way to explain the word is to translate it as “faith;” its root aman means “firm” as in “she has a firm (secure) conviction.” It is also close to uman, the word for “artisan.” Emunah, however, is not based in reason; it is more innate. This poem  was inspired by HyunA’s role in popular culture, particular in her songs and videos “Bubble Pop” and “Red.” As a poet and artist, I never bought the criticism lobbed at her, and wanted to celebrate the playful irreverence of her persona in these videos and endurance of her career, especially in the world of K-Pop.  


Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a CantoMundo Fellow and the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013). She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her work is forthcoming or appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol, among others. In Fall 2014, she will be a visiting writer at the University of Texas at Brownsville’s Writers Live Series. Rosebud is an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org). Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org

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