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Chinese Scrolls

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Chinese Scrolls

Poems from old and yellowed
Chinese scrolls make me sad,
make me sad: stored in shiny,
lacquered boxes of perfumed teak,
they crumble when unrolled.
And the hands that must have written
Chinese thoughts upon the rolls:
little, leathern, patient hands,
painting poems -- stroke and stroke
and careful, delicate stroke --
stopping, meanwhile, to twirl
a waxed mustache --
for someone else, a foreigner,
who cannot understand, to read,
mull over, and be sad.
And this when Chinese thoughts
are gone, and tiny, trembling
Chinese hands are dust.

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  1. Date: 1/21/2012 5:23:00 PM

    Your poetry is incredibly beautiful...moves me like few others do...

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 11:15:00 AM

    What was once fresh and new can crumble to dust through time. Scrolls are so precious, irrespective of where they originated from. Lovely piece Leo, thoroughly enjoyed....:)