After The Dream of the Red Chamber, Chapter Six
“Pao-yu Attempts the Sport of Cloud and Rain”
色 Salacity is a current of live breath. Forgive me ——
I’ve drawn every wind from your neck.
On does the addled
夜 night endure. Flocs of fabrics. Words like feathers, slowly boiled by a
情 Feeling —— a wet valance of unclean rain.
春 Spring is the love we just made.
酒 Wine spilled over the dinner table has stayed there the whole night.
爲 Warm vagueness —— two pairs of eyes’
cups clinking against each
other, exchanging light
响 sound over their porcelain borders —— reasons why our inner is void
液 Fluid is the heart of my feet ——
being chafed by the strange stones on the wild trail in dreams
—— now bleeds profusely into an undependable shape
你 You are another coat rack leaning against the wall
sleepless & watching
我 me wash my face carefully through the reflection of the mirror,
waiting for me
to return like a gown traveling on someone else’s body afar
to hang warmly
back onto the hook of yourself.
戒 Caution —— dive not into the water too 浅 shallow
鍍 Destiny is
存 collecting dust on a high sorry shelf.