Jul/Aug 2006 Poetry Special Feature


by Dorothee Lang

Art by Victor Ehikhamenor


yin is the new yang said the sign
in curly courteous words
and promised an underwater genie

delivered in a shimmering
turquoise jade vial
silver chains included

her seaweed purse said no
but her thirst for a miracle
made her unroll the cash

it's a hoax her best friend said
when she told her about it
on her lucid cell phone

meet me at the mosaic bar
she answered and ordered
two prairie oysters on ice

and a crystal bowl
filled with sea water
to induce the yin and give

the genie's brainwaves
a pampered place
to tide


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