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Immigrant Parable: Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Arguments

Immigrant Parable: Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Arguments RICARDO PAU-LLOSA Immigrant Parable: Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Arguments for Ann Rose Things stand outside our door, themselves by themselves, neither knowing nor reporting anything about themselves. What then does report about them? The governing self. marcus aurelius Like most trees that spend their gorgeous efforts on flowering, these have bitten leaves and stripped twigs that cling to branches and whip, and mold-embroidered trunks. They rise above perennial beds of seedless refuse where vermin thrive until the wind scatters the dead rattling. It lifts the sunless dirt that haloed the roots where once grass sprung. How unnatural, too, these trees, foreign and dragged onto this soil to decorate at first, but soon to crowd flora millennial weathers had tuned like invisible violins. How they bully the canopies, tangle the phone lines and refuse to feed the venerable jay and the citizen oriole. Even their blooms are like the orchid but cannot root in air and moisture nor hold the branches harmless, nor perfume the shade with hormonal fevers. 152 Behold how orchids paint their borrowed corners with strokes of lust, but how these lumberings breach sidewalk and plumbing and will not a single true orchid host. I doubt it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Immigrant Parable: Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Arguments

Manoa , Volume 15 (1) – May 19, 2003

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Abstract

RICARDO PAU-LLOSA Immigrant Parable: Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Arguments for Ann Rose Things stand outside our door, themselves by themselves, neither knowing nor reporting anything about themselves. What then does report about them? The governing self. marcus aurelius Like most trees that spend their gorgeous efforts on flowering, these have bitten leaves and stripped twigs that cling to branches and whip, and mold-embroidered trunks. They rise above perennial beds of seedless refuse where vermin thrive until the wind scatters the dead rattling. It lifts the sunless dirt that haloed the roots where once grass sprung. How unnatural, too, these trees, foreign and dragged onto this soil to decorate at first, but soon to crowd flora millennial weathers had tuned like invisible violins. How they bully the canopies, tangle the phone lines and refuse to feed the venerable jay and the citizen oriole. Even their blooms are like the orchid but cannot root in air and moisture nor hold the branches harmless, nor perfume the shade with hormonal fevers. 152 Behold how orchids paint their borrowed corners with strokes of lust, but how these lumberings breach sidewalk and plumbing and will not a single true orchid host. I doubt it

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Published: May 19, 2003

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