in a mind

chinese bard ©papa osmubal

chinese bard ©papa osmubal


in a mind

john mateer

He didn’t describe the poem he wrote while sailing down the Mekong River
when he’d had in mind the fidelity of our epic poet whose drowned beloved

filled a sonnet with that mother absented by the Virgin’s image.
Now I’m seeing the bedraggled corpse floating face-down in a long clairvoyant mirror,

and I’m composing the poem he scribbled in sporadic recollection.
Years ago I read that sonnet and was also our poet saved from the waves by Á-Mà.

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