Hangzhou image

Sipping green tea, misty
at a shady Hangzhou cove

on the moon bridge
across a still reticent
stream of the lake a slender
figure glides by, silent
umbrella sheltering, her
reversed double, striking
yellow in a watery mirror.

Is it the flimsy
shade of a mysterious
maiden, I wonder, blushing
angel, or golden deity?


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