Steadfastening

Unidentified Shrine Lantau Island_27 NOV 2017

FOR A PIG-TAILED CALLIGRAPHER IN A PARK IN CHINA

How does she go
putting herself into words written in water
on a slab-sheet of smooth park-paving
with a monster
brush thick as her unbangled
ten-year-old arms?
Goodness gracious.
To bring out a better
best in herself,
she is wearing Sunday’s finest gear —
ribbons and glitter even in her hair —
and, while she watches
her lifesize
last character fade and erase
naturally by slow evaporation in the sun,
she dips
the thirsty furring of her brush
back in a spotless, lifeblood-red bucket neat as a hospital corner.
Indistinguishable
from her each and every tremor,
right
down to the fine print of her fingers —
and completely without outlines —
she is braced for the tug of writing’s next irresistible surge
and for signing herself
by calligraphy’s deftest ligature
onto our unread Earth.

 

Photograph: 香港大嶼山 Unidentified Shrine, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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