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Yang Lian

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you need    apart from the dawn thereís nothing on the wall
the forever-departing garden a reflection of your inmost heart
you need those eyes staring at
you    choose the ones easiest to forget
start forgetting

fear    you fear the daily sparrow-faced silence
violence continues from four oíclock to six
music leaves behind a bone scraped clean
knocking on the fields
no one knows if your ears are ringing at this moment

you donít know either    just need the emptiness of the room
use a lifetime to learn to be heartless with yourself
use the sunlight to spy on a real but never-attained dying day
apart from the sunlight nothing is tears
the gardenís name    is forgotten before itís spoken


© Yang Lian

Last updated 04 October, 2001