the raised lakes of Beijing are fitted with the finest glass walls parents go there to unload their unwanted children the squids of the lakes grab hold of the children, hug them adopt them teach them to breathe people walk by, pay no attention but the glass walls are built tall wiped clear to the point where i can’t help but to notice. the orange plumed tentacles grown straight from the children’s backs pulsing like a flame like a phoenix like a poppy’s bloom smeared by the color of the water’s haze or the tourist’s awe-shot eyes.
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Bound for lands far in the East Never have our hands touched Our eyes barely knew each other Only a couple of us knew another's name Fewer recognized our voices
In its Land of Power As we wandered the grounds Of a city hoping to earn the winter 5 Rings We knew joy We knew laughter We knew beauty Unlike what our home lands held
But in our final hours in the city of Beijing A poison seeped into our morning feast Which quickly took its toll A few thousand feet in the Air As we fell into the city of Western Peace
Our plans became shattered Few of us barely survived As our own bodies lost control We were at the mercy of our own insides
Somehow the two state namesakes were the Worst
Taken to the hospital If it were not for the group mothers and guides We would have been among the dead We saw rolled in front of us As our medicine was entering our blood Through needles in our hands
In the midst of what we've come to call The Xi'an Incident I saw a glimmer of a rare soul One full of kindness Intelligence And freedom A type of rare Golden Soul I've come to admire That lied within the body of the other state
My actions may have been interpreted as The essence of the White Snake On some level, maybe it was But in truth My gift from Shanghai To whisper an appropriate goodbye Was to thank her for pushing me along when times were rough
I am thankful for all that were with me on that trip And I do hope to see her, and everyone again.
Like I told her in a note I left, Maybe Hoopa will help make sure We meet again