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The empty square, the ancient sound, the sorrowful Erhu cries amidst the turmoil of change Suzhou, China | by Dai Luo
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The empty square, the ancient sound, the sorrowful Erhu cries amidst the turmoil of change Suzhou, China

Out of the empty square

on this dull pollutant infested morning

there is the familiar presence

of a mournful sound that echoes

from the heart of an ancient Erhu

Its voice cuts through the bone

to the darkened marrow

of the damp cold blackened air

It’s strings filled with anguish

releasing molodic moans

with a sorrowful heart felt cry

pleading it's saddened soul for hope

to kingdoms gone by

Cursing this daunting and filthy intrusion

bestowed upon this generation

Born out of the darkness of greed

Destroying the neverlasting peace

of this magnificent and mysterious place,

The Middle Kingdom

戴罗

 

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Taken on December 9, 2013