David Taylor

Lunch Time In Shanghai

Arriving in a strange new landscape,
tentatively stepping out
(exploring):
all speaking a language
of which I have little understanding.

The mind focused
on a veneer of difference,
(the canvas forgotten) .
The vibrancy of the colours
absorbed in a varnish of uncertainty.

I return to the hotel box
now made my own;
(scattered with familiar possessions) .
A rose colored varnish
of familiarity,
all the more deceptive;
the real danger?

Do I go to Starbucks
and order my favorite coffee,
(with four layer chocolate cake)
or drink Chinese tea
and eat noodles in the market place?

Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 19, 2009

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  • Fay SlimmFay Slimm (9/20/2009 12:17:00 AM)

    'Veneer of differnece - varnish of uncertainty' - - such poetic terms caught my interest in your 'Lunchtime in Shanghai' David - - it would have been my own impressions I am sure - - but you finished this daring little narrative with humour which lifted it for me to the whimsical..... loved it. 10 and more from Fay

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjrFrank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/19/2009 11:35:00 PM)

    Order it all, David...You only live once...and so long as theres life there will always be Nexium! lol! Nice Work, indeed...

    F j R

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