To a Potential Visitor
by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

I shall not welcome you
with a handful of home-made cupcakes
baked in the oven in my small rental home.
I shall not take you to my frequent haunts.

Go into the Summer crowds, then,
leave vanishing footprints in Trafalgar Square,
stroll next to the Thames.
Admire the city from the top of the prying Eye.
I wish you a spotless sky.
Take leave of me.  I am not a sight to be seen.
No grass for you to feast on.
No portraits hung on my hands.


Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a Hong Kong-born writer currently based
in London, United Kingdom.  She is a founding co-editor of
An Asian Literary Journal
and an assistant poetry editor of Sotto
Voce Magazine
.  Her poetry has previously been published in the
Apple Valley Review.  She blogs at

On “To a Potential Visitor”:
In Summer, many people visit London, the city I currently live in.  
The visitors are not to blame.  After all, Summer months are the
nicest months here.  In this poem, I imagine a response from
someone who does not want visitors.  Although she sounds
harsh, dismissive, all she wants is just a little bit of privacy.  I
admit quite a few people visit me in the Summer, but unlike the
persona in the poem I am grateful and happy.

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Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary

ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 4, Number 2
(Fall 2009)

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