Water, moonlight, danger, dream.
Bronze urn, angled on a tree-root: one slash of light, then gone. A red moon
Seen through clouds, or almost seen.
Treasure found but lost, flirting
The worlds of lost and found.
An unjust law
Repealed, a wish come true, a lifelong
Sadness healed. Haven, in the mind,
To anyone hurt by littleness. A prayer,
For the moment, saved; treachery forgiven.
Flame of the crackle-glaze tangle, amber
Reflected in grey milk-jade. An old song
Remembered, long debt paid.
A painting on silk, which may fade.
[The Soho Leopard, Chatto & Windus, 2004]
The Forest, the Corrupt Official
and a Bowl of Penis Soup
tree stumps cool on the mountain,
slide out planks a hundred an hour
ash blooms over the river
courtier treats the General
tiger penis soup, five hundred linu a bowl.