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In Tiger Balm Gardens

      in vermilion concrete

      a fabulous hell

      for children's amusement,

Play before demons

      chase through their homes

      laugh with the Lord of Death

      high over Hong Kong.

 

The whorl of the thumb

      is in the forest,

the grain of the pine

      takes flame to its heart,

red shatters each edge

      while water pools.

 

Enter her red chamber

      dream of her silk brocade,

      transport of picture and poem

      like that of clouds and rain.

Know pleasure early

      disillusionment waits

      by the door, sorrow

      sifting in the red dust.

 

 

 

Beyond

design

matter

itself

 

 

complex

accidents

of

green

 

 

cypress

frays

olive

fruit

 

 

a

meadow's

bluegrass,

rank

 

 

weeds

riot

above

the

 

 

void;

shoots,

the

sepals

 

 

and

blades,

malachite

of

 

 

oil-tree

lupine

earth

asters

 

Riverbank, riverbank

      water and lee

I lay my lover

      my lover lays me

On the tangled

      grass and clover

I loosen his black cloth

      he my white lace

Behind rushes and willow

      by the ducks and plover

 

 

            --Kent Chadwick

 


 

   
 

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