Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Charles Simic the Haiku Poet


A book full of pictures
my hands grows cold touching faces
of dead kings and queens

a black raincoat
in the upstairs bedroom
Swaying from the ceiling

mother's long needles
make quick crosses
they were black

the pages I turn sound like wings
the soul is a bird
in my book full of pictures

a battle rages: lances and swords
a wintry forest with my heart
spiked and bleeding in its branches

Submitted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 04, 2013
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