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for Len Roberts

 

Still awake, bats
Fly over the dark river
And a crescent moon.

They descend toward
The moon again and again
As if to touch it.

Beside the willows
An old woman draws circles
Summoning silence.

Her fingers stroke
Lute strings and peacock tails
In the damp warm air.

The woman listens
To the beginnings of light
In her flesh and bones.

Come, watch the ritual:
She unreels the Tao in silk
From cocoons of mist.

Deep in her navel
A votive candle flickers:
A flaming odalisque!

from "Du-Fu's Cottage and Other Poems"

© Rene J. Navarro

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