Li He You & Me     


I heard you

talking in your sleep

you were

traveling

relentlessly

naming the places

and faces

you’ve seen

a cluster of emeralds

heaven’s bells ringing

the Great River's  

spirits trail their mist

migrating to where

your soul is


the Jade Princess has been gone

a thousand years

amid lilac and bamboo

her ancient shrine spun

too close to the moon


pepper flowers shed scarlet petals

among drenching clouds

in a bitter wind

your lessons and transgressions

rain down on me


so


I’ve learned to lie

to tell you what

when and why

you won’t leave

unwanted

you won’t leave alone

you hijack

a shooting star

inherit the sun

there’s no use for a name

no use for no

for you there is only yes

yes

you sing out of key

yes

you play out of time

on barbwire strings

yes

I’ve seen the magic in you