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Wild Grass


By Mai Mang




This poem commemorates June 4th, then, today, and tomorrow.

By muddy and rainy columns
In wasteland
On a platform where the train never arrives
At the entrance of Hell
        Continues to grow



In conspiracy between a swallow and a crow
In wolf's lonely sleep
In pigsty
In putrid meat gathering maggots
        Continues to grow



During word by word close reading
In extreme fatigue
In black smoke of utterly shameful love
At crematorium
        Continues to grow



Among crowds of strangers
Embraced by double-crossing arms
Threatened by snails
Shaded by overlapping branches and leaves of Enlightenment
        Continues to grow



Instructed by rats
Under the magic spell of time
With sincerity of satire
Between unforgettable spring and summer instead of Spring and Autumn
        Continues to grow



In April
In May
In June
After ten plus five years
        Continues to grow



Mai Mang is a Chinese poet and scholar who received his Ph.D in literature both from Beijing University and from UCLA. Composed: April 23, 2004

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