Open Passage


In the rubble
a covered path
Lost to shadows
living as ghosts

An open passage
hopes for a time
Light chases dark,
and starts a fire

Around the curve
such spirit waits
On hidden wings
anxious to fly



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Photo: Doorway at YuYuan Gardens, Shanghai, China, 2005
Words: c.b.w. 2015



Forever bitter,
pride’s namesake river
War’s interpreter,
maladies linger

Behind grace’s killer,
shades of night shiver
Battlefield murder,
the serpent’s finger

Architecture detail, YuYuan Gardens, Shanghai, China
Photograph (2005) and words (2013) by: c.b.w.

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c.b.w. 2013