more Chinese grave interpretations with photographs of the graveyard & surrounding area. how’s this for life in death?
i was surprised at the reception of the first of these i put here, so thank you, i hope you will enjoy these as much— i have plenty of them prepared for future posts.


interpretation of viii Chinese symbols on a grave

—a shrine
back of a small
old harbour
set on an incline
half a candle
slim as an index finger
—it hasn’t felt
a flame’s touch
in a good many years

the waves here
haven’t a care
in the world
—i wonder at
their applause

her signature in the top corner
of a couplet that doesn’t rhyme
—no one knows what it means

anchored by disrepair
in the tucked
away harbor
one old boat
—or a young girl on a swing

—a ballerina bent like
an artificial flower
—magpie snatches foil
—teeth of a bleached
skull washed
into the crinkled
black rock

a coat hung
on a peg
smells of toast
& tomato soup

like rabbit ears
the conifers
protrude over the wall
of the graveyard

old man
wagging his walrus
moustache frowns
when his wife turns
the cooking channel on

Posted by:DPM

DPM is an idea-logue (sic) and object-oriented speculative realist, attempting to be response-able in an irresponse-able society.

8 thoughts on “interpretation of viii Chinese symbols on a grave

  1. The open spaces in the photos give the poetry a free stage to come to life. Love this series. Shows creativity and a playful disposition towards death while still respecting and paying homage to the dead. I craved and I laughed and I shuffled around like a crab until this compliment took shape.

    1. you’re getting good at the compliments now. i never turn my nose up at a compliment, i try to dish out more than i receive, which isn’t a struggle, so i welcome them, warmly.
      i like stumbling on these sorts of concepts, it gives me something to publish here, so i can hold back some things for submitting to journals & mags. they also work well as a spur, i don’t labour over them like i do over my poems about people, Jeju, Korea or that sort of thing, they take time, these i can whip up, that is sort of the point, to see & react to the symbol. they get a little crafted, but on the whole they remain pretty true to the first impulse.

      1. A fine balance— “to see & react to the symbol” well said, thank you as always for your writing and insightful elaborations

      2. thank you for spurring me to do so, i can’t do it if you don’t yourself react to me. i have no time for the aloof artist who sucks up praise as though it is earned by the existence of their product but doesn’t respond with anything, doesn’t indulge those who react with more than ‘likes’. i enjoy talking with people. i never reacted to other people for them to react to me, i did & do it earnestly when something affects me. i feel you are in a similar vein to me.

      3. that’s good enough for me pal. i’d say the same for you, your lack of interest in submitting to journals, though you blame laziness, illustrates you write regardless of where they go, you’d do it if you had to etch them onto cardboard boxes or scratch them in the sand & i always feel drawn to those people— or working poets, those who have jobs yet never let poetry stray far from their thoughts. i recommend you check out wordandsilence, a WordPress blog by my pal Tim Miller, he writes very well & he is a working Jo who just knows how to live, work & write on a range of levels, quite brilliant, i think you’ll like his work.

      4. Yes, and your ability to articulate slays me once again—And thank you, I’m very interested in your suggestions, I feel like good blogs are hard to find on wordpress, so I will definitely follow right now! Books to come…

      5. i agree, there are many good blogs, but not easy to come across. i find recommendations very useful. i came across some great poets who have a blog but just don’t use it, which is a shame. John Sibley Williams who is an editor of The Inflectionist Review is an example.

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