Invitation/Architecture

 
 
      Step Back to Repulse the Monkey
      (Yang-Style Taiji Long Form, Move 19)
 

 

I:  INVITATION

Come this way.
Follow the cinder path
between clipped hedges
to the terminus,
where rocks, precisely piled,
set off these cultivars, my columbine,
their lipstick-red largesse a centerfold.

Beyond is where design
falters, the fecund thicket,
myriad rot and rise, the tiny weeds
that mingle with the beetle,
with the ant, a lupercalia
where I am all undone.
No trespassing.

 
II:  ARCHITECTURE

Behind my door
is another door
and behind that
another.

One of the doors
bursts on your skin;
one of the keyholes
cries for wax and lead.

This one is hardest:
deadbolts of iron,
panels of ash.
Sing your way in.

 

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