China - Man

May 5, 2008
By Noor Brara, New Delhi, ZZ

You can crack the age with your chop sticks
Of his Great Wall, his China-man face.
And you with your Snapshot!eyes click away watching
ferocious dragons fly
tied to strings, roaring paper flames through clouds
as children hold tightly to spools-- their sandaled steps, racing
his life upon the streets of red.
Crimson, the meaning in their music
and grey, the color in their art
Tell us, people of silent song
Is the sky your only blue?

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