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Chinese Day of the Dead

April 4th: Qing Ming Jie 清明节 (Tomb Sweeping Day), where the dead are honored with family trips to tidy up their ancestors’ graves.

Grave Bed

I know death approaches it’s not tragic
my hopes are at peace in a forest of pines
overlooking the ocean from a distance like a pond
afternoon sunlight keeping me mottled company

a man’s time is up and man’s world goes on
I must rest in the middle
passerby say the branches droop
passerby say the branches are growing

1988.1 from Nameless Flowers: Selected Poems of Gu Cheng

From China Books http://www.chinabooks.com/cart/newsletters/newsletter080401.html