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Original artwork by Ella Jensen


Yuan Changming

Having nothing better to do, I kill

Time by looking at a traditional  

Chinese painting on my iPad


Much enlarged, it appears like 

A plain sheet of rice paper 

Smeared with ink. I view it


In the presence of bonsai; I 

Drop several thick strokes to the floor

Of history, leaving a few fine lines


Behind the sofa, & failing 

To catch a colorless corner 

Between black and white


It is a landscape newly relocated

Into my heart’s backyard. Then I sit

On my legs, meditating about there


Being no light in the picture, no

Shadow of anything, no perspective

As in hell. Isn’t this the art of seeing?