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A Hundred Gourds 5:1 December 2015

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John Zheng – USA


Catching


A girl holding a net chases a yellow butterfly all the way to the edge of the blooming canola fields shining in warm spring sunlight. In a while the butterfly flutters back. It dances in pitch and yaw over the girl’s head. As she moves her net, the butterfly swoops and soars to evade her catch. Then it sheers back to the fields to bounce or alight from flower to flower. Pouting her mouth, the girl snaps a cluster of canola flower and bounds back to the threshing floor to join other girls singing and rope-jumping.

dock fishing—
waiting for a bite
from the moon

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