Unghosts of China
Dreamed 2009/9/2 by Wayan
Write my dreams at dawn. Red chili sun.
Next a friend brings me muddy photos to fix--
I'm in rural China. Rivers, crags. A local girl
tells me her worst woe. And to my cynical
even to me it's new: there's a spot nearby
Here she stands. Yet her village swears she was killed
she's mythically dying there all the time. It gets so dull!
memorially mythtaken high on a misty ridge! And why?
Her best friend tells me her worst sorrow. The same!
Folktale and gossip cut her dead too, though she's not.
tired tired tired of it though! Ready to lop their Chi-
How can folks see through fake mythtory
NOTES IN THE MORNING
Maybe the dream proposes that I do
what's on the mind of the unghostly two--
strip off all tradition, live or die
bared to my devices, self-invented!
(Accept that all the hog-butchers in Chi-
cago and Wuhan will say "He's demented.")
But what would I do? How to begin?
Who is that artless I, the new I Am?
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