Wandering in a Dream to West Lake A R T H U R S Z E 1 Go sway on a suspension bridge over a gorge; you do not ponder the beauty of an azure lotus-shaped wine-warming bowl with five spurs the size of sesame seeds at the base, but, instead, inhale the cool mist sliding over pines, making the white boulders below disappear and reappear. This is how you become absent to pancakes smoking on a griddle-- pricked once in thought, you are pinned, singed back to the watery splendor of the hour: wisteria leaves thin to transparency on the porch; a girl relaxes on horseback in the field, while sunlight stipples her neck. You smile, catch the aroma of pumpkin seeds in the oven, exult at the airy, spun filaments of clouds. Before there was above and below, who was there to query? One marks a bloody trail in water from a harpooned narwhal, dreams of clustered igloos lit by seal oil. You flicker, nod: what one has is steeped in oil, wicks into flame. 2 Whisked back and forth, a fly drops on water; a floating narwhal resembles a human corpse; screwdrivers, pliers, cds, a
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 23, 2003
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