Radically Chinese

                                                          

                                                          for  Eric Mottram: 1924-1995  (not because of any debt, felt or incurred)

            

                                                                                            T.Wignesan

                    

                             one       stroke a point

                                                              leftstroke bent

                                                                                      hooked

                              two       a cover man

 

     man enter eight borders to cover ice

 

table receptacle

knife strength

wrap spoon basket

box ten to divine

seal cliff   private

                                     also mouth enclosure

                                                                                earth

     scholar follow

walk evening

                              great woman child  

                        roof   inch small

                               lame crooked corpse

 

sprout mountain stream

work self

                                       napkin shield

                                                            tiny shelter

move on

join hands

                          a dart  a bow

                                                  pig’s head feathery

to pace heart  spear door

hand branch

tap writings

measure axe  square    not sun

speak

           moon wood owe

stop evil kill

do not compare hair family air  water

       fire

claws father

change a frame  a strip

                                     tooth

                                               ox

                                                   dog

                                                        dark jade

                                                                     melon

                                                                              tile

               sweet produce

use field

                                  bolt of cloth

          sick  back to back

                          white skin dish

eye lance  arrow  stone

                                                      spirit to track grain cave

 

erect bamboo rice    silk   earthenware net

                                                                        sheep feathers old

plough ear

brush flesh officer from self reach

                                 a mortar tongue opposed boat a limit

colour grass tiger

                                 insect blood do clothes cover

see horn

             words

                      valley

                               platter

                                         pig

       reptile shell  red

walk

foot body

cart bitter time

stop & go 

                  city new wine separate village

                                                                   metal long gate plenty

reach to a bird rain

                             azure false face

                                                                                     rawhide leather leek

                                             sound heading wind

fly eat head fragrance

                                    horse bone high

                                                                          long hair fight wine cauldron ghost

fish bird

salt deer

            wheat

                       hemp

                                                    yellow millet

     black embroidery toad

                                           tripod

drum rodent nose

                                                                              

                                                             even teeth drag on tortoise flute                    

 

 

 © T.Wignesan,  22-23 November 1995

 

 

[This poem was accepted for publication in Radical Poetics (London).]