Hawai‘i Sonnet 96 (Shanghai, Night, River)

Time splits it perfectly, the ship’s hull knifes
and gone to ghosts on the water, a lost mirror shattered
into a million shards sparkling, passing I
see these lights, mostly buzzing neon moments
come at me and go so fast, churning
behind, wake back into night’s blackness,
color of all colors stirred on this water that flows
so imperceptibly it seems it’s only I
who moves on the Huang Pu River barely pouring
into the Yellow Sea, quick impressions, the daubed glitz of show,
all playing Chase Master, old city versus new, this game
of tag, the clash by night in a rainbow that surrounds us as
we are
the ones, I too, who elbow past ourselves, jostle along
among this remarkable show of reflecting life.

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