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Breath held

bow drawn

the “big wind”


a live creature

a monstrous elemental being

wailing in damnation


Toiling, turmoiling

bearing lost loves and cranes


The gnarled thorn trees

groaning in plaintive screams

the whipping and snapping of trees

the hurling of umbrellas

like crazed spiders


The birds ride it out

heads to the wind

bodies horizontal

neat claws turned anchors

peregrines on cliffs 

sit stoically




 大風‘daai6 fung1’, literally “big wind”, meaning windy in Cantonese. Cf 颱風, ‘toi4 fung1’, typhoon

M a r y - J a n e  N e w t o n  

Birds in Typhoon, Typhoon in Hong Kong

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