04 April 2010

Macanese

Macanese 4/4

                           A looping fold
                  paper on ribbon
Soaking
         in water rings

                           She speaks
                  raises her hands
in curves
         against the light

                           Invisible mosquitoes
                  or some palsied
caged thinking
         beating in her

                           The ribbon paper
                  bleeds across the table-top
She speaks a word of Spanish
         then Cantonese

                           Syllables piling
                  up in black knots across
the spaces between us
         they block out the lamp-light