Jone Guo

Rookie (1962 / Harbin, China)

SILENCE


Silence has leaves
Silence has ears, it has
A dawn trapped in a square
The streets have no messengers
The houses have wrapped up
Scattered dreams

The fingers do not touch
The sea has no sails
Silence is within the crystal or without
A fruit hangs in the space

His face has been pointing to one direction
Behind him it has been the silence of a forest
A mirror is thin yet bottomless
The fading moon as floating ice in a glass

The book with its arms spreading out
Has stopped on a certain page
- that story has ceased to tell

and the look in his eyes
Is like this city, entirely halted
Like its love, completely washed away
by a severe storm



Jin Zhong 1993

Submitted: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013
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Written two years after Jin Zhong came to the US. He felt like he was completely exhuasted.

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