Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

FROM FLORENCE

四月 20, 2018

 

THE VIEW

the view
from the little window
in the staircase
is like a camera.
It’s a little cold.
The picture is magnificent,
but you feel the draft.
You can’t take it with you
wherever you’ll go,
but why would you want to?

MW April 2018, Florence

 

 

MARIA

maria is really very young
at least in the one adoration
and in her coronation by Lippi
14, 15
that’s why the whole story is so preposterous
and so pure and so holy
she doesn’t know what happened at all.

MW April 2018

 

 

FROM FLORENCE

the wine from Florence tastes very good
not a famous wine
just from the organic farmers’ market
in front of Santo Spirito
no label
but just as real as the whole town
and the province
earthy
although this is the city
where modernity comes from
arguably
I wonder if they use wine
in Jewish services
I’m pretty sure they had wine
at the big wedding
commemorated in stone
at the synagogue
a recent wedding
two people from England
they must have local weddings too
a synagogue in full working order
big beautiful free-standing dome
not as big as the Duomo
but standing proud to be seen
from afar
Moorish style,
Byzantine probably
you could say
in the 19th century
of Christian reckoning
it was thought to be safe
to build such a large house of God
in the open
it was the age
of emancipation
modernity failed
Christianity failed
to prevent anything
although some were hidden
although some survived
most synagogues in Europe are gone
discussing religion
atheism whatever
the future of manunkind not
is all very idle
this is where we come from
if there is any we
this building
this city
this country
this wine
if there is
or was any we
this farmer’s wine
this countryside
this city
among many others
is where we are going
you don’t need machines
or hardly any
for this kind of history
you don’t need computers
not really
if there has been
if there can be any we
it is here.
cheers!

MW April 2018

 

 

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LONG LIVE CHAIR-MAN MAO

七月 22, 2014

Zhao Siyun
LONG LIVE CHAIRMAN MAO

the former camp of the production brigade
has become our ancestral hall
we say the Zhao family temple
when I was small
every time I passed this place
I felt its mystery
people’s commune and county leaders would often gather
alcohol fumes drift through the air
none of us dared to steal a look at those dignified faces
at the spotted western wall
five classic characters written in lime:
LONG LIVE CHAIR-MAN MAO
solemn and serious
I thought there must be many officials in the whole country called Chairman Mao
and wondered if there was one in our production brigade

Tr. MW, July 2014

lili

赵思运
毛主席万岁

昔日的生产大队驻地
如今成了我们赵家的祠堂
也就是常说的家庙
小时候
每次经过那里
都感到很神秘
常常有公社里的人还有县里的人来喝酒
酒香弥漫缭绕
我们谁也不敢伸头去看看那些人物的尊容
斑驳的西墙上
五个宋体石灰大字
毛主席万岁
端庄肃穆
我以为全国有很多叫毛主席的大官儿
还在想
我们的生产大队里是不是也有一个毛主席

 

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