On a web—unravelling: A Response to “Auspicious Partridge,” attributed to Li Qingzhao

Who touches your skin
Listens to the songs you sing
Feels your soft breath warm
A presence reassuring
Even as you drift away?

Shining in the dust
Of these myriad mirrors
Sparkling our faces
Clear across the finite globe
Throwing our hearts to the stars

Infinite—or so
It would seem and we would like
To believe—transfixed
In front of separate screens
Flickering a world apart

If once we were joined
In a room with curtains drawn
Arms and legs entwined
Now we’re fingers on keyboards
On a web—unravelling

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Photo: Chinese Lanterns by Eileen Lavery

Depth Charge: See here for my translation of the original poem.

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