[a chinese painting]
This is the heaven of your destruction.
Cranes surrounded by palm trees on either side.
The Gulf of Mexico lies between us.
Across the country, asphalt roads break into dirt.
Once we could have curled through the skies as luongs.
Your feet are immersed to the tarsus in the Everglades; you
sought eternal life, but you seek on a vulture's peak.
The depth of the Pacific came close to drowning.
Claws of a woman-once-fox are imbedded in your chest.
A peony wilts.
This heart is a bare orchard, that once dropped peaches.
symbolic definitions taken from Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
by C.A.S. Williams.