Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PHOTO: Ding Yuin Shan, "Monk" (2014) / POEM: "China Monks"

China Monks

Down these mean streets
some real monks must go
they are not mean men
although they are hard men

the dusty streets divided
by their lonely presence
neither this one nor that one
unusual men still proud

neither tarnished nor afraid
walking out of the smoke
weathered by inevitability
reflexes sometimes a mess
I walk those streets at night
when my life's too one-sided
photographer, seasonal crab
let me depend on their reason.

© 2015 Rob Schackne

photo: Ding Yuin Shan

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