Updated: Mar 12
Who has emptied Road?
Dark stench of my sweet dung
Rolls road back into your wallet.
Who has emptied Tongue?
Lushan bellow of my raw music
Silences your dictionary words.
Who has emptied Camera?
My hooves hard indifference
Empties your lens in dirt-dark.
Who has emptied Eye?
Ruby blood of rice-fire wine
Horn-locks your failing vision
Who has emptied Heart?
Meat of mud-honeyed hands
Works away your dull desires.
Who has emptied Money?
Embroidery of my hot breath
Stitches you in silk-iron clouds.
Who has emptied Mind?
Butterfly wing of thronging rings
Flies you free out from yourself.
Who has emptied Blood?
Muscle against muscle in struggle
Sings you into a rising yang sher.
NB - 'yang sher' is the Eastern Miao name for choral singing, often in 'call and respond'.
A 'lushan' - is a traditional wind instrument made of bamboo.
'Butterfly wing' refers to the 'Song of the Butterfly Mothers' - the Miaozu creation myth