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Myths and Texts

Chinese birth year animal place mats
of white paper with scalloped edges
suggesting clouds. Black tea steeping
in a black tea pot, fingers wrapped
around full ceramic cups for warmth.

Fingers entwined, exchanging old stories –
Eden and Ithaca, trains and planes
and quaint old inns, dogs and cats
and the Mermaid at the Shore.
Vietnamese holidays swapped, tit for Tet.
Posted 09/19/11
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