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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 4, December 2016
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John Zheng
Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA


Wandering Mind

I open Pearl Buck’s My Several Worlds randomly to page 190 and a calm Chinese landscape from her life unfolds itself before my eyes. It’s in gentle blues and greens with radiant sunshine, “lovely in its way with delicate swaying bamboos, curved temple roofs mirrored in lotus pools.” But what she paints for me becomes a picture I once saw outside the East-West Center in Oahu:

night wind
bamboos clanking
in rhythmic beats
a call and response
of two cats

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