Thursday, July 25, 2013

POEM: "While The Clouds Blow In From The South"

While The Clouds Blow In From The South

Inner Mongolia or Nei Menggu
shares an international border
with Mongolia (of course) and Siberian Russia
it stretches almost two and a half thousand kilometres
and Shaanxi province lies just beneath it where
three million farmers will face urban relocation
where it happens that a shining woman
I'm starting to love a little comes from
(yes, Virginia, it's on the fabled Silk Road 
and yes I have "guessed at the layers of her face")
although I know today’s easy trading
comes from another furious direction
only now I'm forced (again) to consider
to whose greater detriment it will be
if ever we crossed those long borders
how we would ever walk such a distance.

© 2013 Rob Schackne

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