A wall hung with charms -
pictures, a Welsh love-spoon, beads
I live with this
the touchstones, rituals, to hold off or hold to...
Clinging to the walls?
A soft hot night, and May
now, a half moon so clear
in the dark sky
All round the globe
Like Chinese poems of dear friends’ separations,
brief meetings, then parting again
Shifts and changes
that can’t be charmed away
only soothed by this “hollow”
I remember the taste of coffee
as late at night I entered a room
where you lay sleeping
The Yellow Crane No 10 (Summer 1997)
“Taoyun (c400 AD), (poet and) wife of General Wang Nin-chih. The general was so stupid that she finally deserted him.” Arthur Waley, 170 Chinese Poems.