300 POEMS, ALL WITH NO EVIL
Whatever Plato wanted to banish from his Republic
is exactly what Confucius culled from his Book of Songs.
When I suddenly thought of this point
I felt the hairs stand up on my neck.
“The Master didn’t speak of ghosts and demons.”
All those strange beings, mysterious bodies, brave and resilient beauties
culled clean from the books?
If it was really like that
then he must be my enemy, goddamn bastard executioner!
Tr. MW, Jan. 2017