black tongue dragon

dragon ©papa osmubal

dragon ©papa osmubal

black tongue dragon
carlos marreiros

I robbed ivory
of its resistance
the camphor-tree
of its scent
I begged jade
to lend me
its purity
Chinese ink
its wit,
so that I could invent
an opium not forbidden
 
the result was imperial:
I was eaten alive
by the dragon 
with the black tongue


Macao, 1992

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