Happy Year of the Horse!

653px-20100720_Fukuoka_Kushida_3614_MChinese Zodiac, photo by Jakub Halun

The dragon is in the street dancing beneath windows
   pasted with colored squares, past the man
who leans into the phone booth’s red pagoda, past
   crates of doves and roosters veiled

until dawn. Fireworks complicate the streets
   with sulphur as people exchange gold
and silver foil, money to appease ghosts
   who linger, needy even in death. . . .

–Lynda Hull (1954-1994), from “Chinese New Year”

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