A Visit to the Great Wall
Stones' gathered silence
greets visitors here,
this place of  
perception and distance
Whisper its secret:
In immortality lies
this meandering serpent's
sole purpose.

I, a foreign devil
will crawl its back
in small contemplation, 
a wandering day-fly 
emerged in the chattering tourists,
descendents of Khan and of Edo
who will take with them to their lands
the spoils of their cameras.


 Jon Bohrn (2003)
Great Wall

 

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