gondola

boats©papa osmubal

boats©papa osmubal

 

gondola
lili han

like the crowd beside the water
a child looks at the gondola
through the iron fence
it is the first time
to see boating indoors

gondola comes from a water city
used to toy with flowers and grass
singing everywhere
now it learns to be a fish
in this clear pool of two hundred meters

after all, people wait in line
for its voices
many even throw amorous glances
from above

but why is there no fish in the water?
the child walks away

‘Liar! Liar!’
the child thinks
but doesn’t hear
the voice hoarse
in the air-conditioned hall
doesn’t see
the gondola
failing to be a fish
so uttering no bubbles

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