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Hou Ma

Light brought by the lamp cord feels more intense;
darkness more thorough, brought by the lamp cord.
Lamp cord stands straight, even in dreams,
so that a hand might find it at the same spot in the dark.
Lamp cord makes the same movement
with opposite results,
yet knows nothing about it.
It just tries again if it was wrong.
Early on
it went through fire so there could be light,
it has a stainless steel core.
But the one cord I remember
is not that one used for a suicide.
There was one day I stretched out my hand,
and it started to sing The East is Red.

Tr. MW, April 2016

Hou Ma lamp cord

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