The Wrinkled Grimaces of Eastern Skies, by Maxwell Bodenheim

The Wrinkled Grimaces of Eastern Skies

The wrinkled grimaces of eastern skies
Are caught on the Chinese mirrors of your eyes
And lie, pallid and benign.
Your mouth is a senile dragon
Spitting fire-fly words from its vermillion shroud.
Your cheeks are shrunken silences of Gods
Paling out upon ivoried Nirvanas of silk.
Your face holds fugitive bits of your heart
That wandered away and returned to rest. - Maxwell Bodenheim

Maxwell Bodenheim