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from Cat's Eye in a Splintered Mirror XUE DI from Cat’s Eye in a Splintered Mirror for Merril You go down on one knee, an antelope enters the valley Deep from golden wheat fields comes the chime of evening prayer. Fruit hang down in tandem, ripe kernels popping The slender neck of a water bird glistens damp. Dark, the fringes of a city glow with lamplight. White towers tilt farther when you stand up suddenly A gray badger screams, the night sky brightens Last one to sleep is happiest The night I take leave of leaves me nothing to do come day Pay attention to details. The ocean shivers snow- whitely by a dark dune it washes Tropical grass, once dense, is now disappearing. Sightseers stand in fog Three men singing a work song plod down black rock tugging a yellow wooden boat Another taller snow-white wave 70 rolls over their heads in the dark I write love poems, idling my life away Layer by layer you disappear into the crystal of memory. The mountain path shrinks in dense fog. Pine nuts falling in the nearby wood deepen the descent into the canyon People of two realities talk; all night long the surge is loud and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

from Cat's Eye in a Splintered Mirror

Manoa , Volume 15 (1) – May 19, 2003

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Abstract

XUE DI from Cat’s Eye in a Splintered Mirror for Merril You go down on one knee, an antelope enters the valley Deep from golden wheat fields comes the chime of evening prayer. Fruit hang down in tandem, ripe kernels popping The slender neck of a water bird glistens damp. Dark, the fringes of a city glow with lamplight. White towers tilt farther when you stand up suddenly A gray badger screams, the night sky brightens Last one to sleep is happiest The night I take leave of leaves me nothing to do come day Pay attention to details. The ocean shivers snow- whitely by a dark dune it washes Tropical grass, once dense, is now disappearing. Sightseers stand in fog Three men singing a work song plod down black rock tugging a yellow wooden boat Another taller snow-white wave 70 rolls over their heads in the dark I write love poems, idling my life away Layer by layer you disappear into the crystal of memory. The mountain path shrinks in dense fog. Pine nuts falling in the nearby wood deepen the descent into the canyon People of two realities talk; all night long the surge is loud and

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Published: May 19, 2003

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