For a Moment

head propped up
stretched out
on summer grass
I watch a gentle wave
of ancient chinese
practice tai chi
in golden gate park

they wave hands in clouds
disguise family secrets
in soft-slow movements

next to me
a young family
flies a red dragon
on a bay breeze
dips and rises
against the blue

for a moment
I close my eyes
to the sun
& dream about
nothing in particular

9 Responses to For a Moment

  1. Vincent says:

    I like this one very much

  2. johemmant says:

    I lived in Hong Kong for five years, so I especially loved this, took me right back there, you got it perfectly.

  3. joefelso says:

    The pace is especially appealing here—perfectly matched to its subject—and I especially enjoy the last line, which seems to belie and also reinforce what the poem has said. Wonderful. —D

  4. Scot says:

    Vincent, Jo, D

    Thanks for reading and dropping in–much appreciated.

  5. wonderful evocation of atmosphere here.

  6. Paul says:

    Such a gentle and beautiful evocation, the similarity of their art and yours making something from air, from breath, symboles and so on, layered and sweet,

  7. Scot says:

    Thanks Juliet for visiting

  8. Bob says:

    Hong Kong? I could have sworn this was written about San Francisco. Isn’t it great how poetry will invoke different places as well as meanings?

  9. Scot says:

    it was SF–hence Golden Gate park–but imagine Jo saw the same thing in Hong Kong

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