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Brian Flaherty   

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three poems


 

THE XIAN INCIDENT
 

we are woken in long-dead night
crickets stilled    the silent planets
altered in their course
   wind
wishing its spirit through the
fine lattice windows
 
urgent   angry voices carry across
the compound    a wall map
flaring into coloured campaign
before the enemies’ torches
 
rising swiftly we dislodge a vase
red shards petalled across the stone
and barefoot   flee the chamber
past Nine Dragon Pool    the white
leaf currents of winter
 
your hair untied   sweeping my face
famous breast thrown free from your gown
breath is a silk moth climbing
your chest   catching dusty wings
under this rib and this – an insect fury
 
and reaching Black Horse Mountain
we  climb    scramble hand over hand
through sharp rock chimneys and finally
high into the waving pines
 
crouching tearful    a moment
beneath the stars    the Seven Mansions
of Black Tortoise    we listen for pursuit
thighs knees touching   fear
escaping our mouths
as white flags    opening to heaven
our two thundering hearts

 


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Brian Flaherty