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from Liquid Mercury
     Gu Cheng (1959-1993)
     Liquid Mercury (1988)
     Trans. Joseph R. Allen



24. Writing

We write
like worms      finding their way through pinecones
chess pieces moved one by one
sometimes      for naught

Chewing on a word, contemplating its meaning
it tastes bad
threaded through with mildew
so we chew on another

We can't get there on time by driving
into the pines
seeds fallen to the ground
pinecones spread everywhere
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