No Chinese choruses here


I can’t help thinking
Our cicadas sound lonely
Singing their solos
Solitary in their lust
No Chinese choruses here


Depth Charge: While I had been fascinated by cicadas before my time in China, it was there—listening to their deafening choruses—that I really fell in love with these ungainly creatures. Now, back in Canada, the cicadas seem so isolated and I am reminded of a comment by a young man I met in China. He had spent a couple of years studying in Canada. I asked him what he thought of it, and he replied: “It’s too boring. There are no people.” This in turn brought to mind something the British synth-band OMD said in the 1980’s when asked what they thought of Canada: “It’s a lot like the States, except empty.”


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