Three Countries

France

You can always start with où se trouve? Point your index finger to that coordinate in the map, those tiny specks that take form as museums, hotels, bakeries. Take pleasure: walk briskly with exact measurements, not with feet. Point to the sky: the impressions of clouds rolling, following the king’s sun, exhausted stars blinking with the streetlights. Whisper lumiere.

China

The sun, at its highest, declares
the mandate of the gods: we were the sons
of another heaven, another empire.

There was only one throne for the emperor.

It was 2008, a Friday.
Yesterday was my birthday.
Contest points are walls,
or a closed gate.

Japan

Sakuras swaps snow.
Sunlight swords slashing sideways.
Shinkansen: speeds, slows.

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