Di Leonardo – Walking Kunming

Walking Kunming

(China Aug. 2015)

Sets of young stares
in fine black eyes
giggle Wàiguó rén!
foreigner! foreigner!

Forests
of golden cranes
as if all Dynasties
were done

Under an old rice hat
two vague glares –
solemn glances
as worn by sovereigns

In the Yunnan
Nationalities Museum
rooms of emperors
in horned nail guards

The Yi people
of Yunnan province
created moon guitars
to serenade stars

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