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Lunch Time In Shanghai
DT (3rd January 1956 / LONDON, UK)

Lunch Time In Shanghai

Poem By David Taylor

Arriving in a strange new landscape,
tentatively stepping out
all speaking a language
of which I have little understanding.

The mind focused
on a veneer of difference,
(the canvas forgotten) .
The vibrancy of the colours
absorbed in a varnish of uncertainty.

I return to the hotel box
now made my own;
(scattered with familiar possessions) .
A rose colored varnish
of familiarity,
all the more deceptive;
the real danger?

Do I go to Starbucks
and order my favorite coffee,
(with four layer chocolate cake)
or drink Chinese tea
and eat noodles in the market place?

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Comments (2)

'Veneer of differnece - varnish of uncertainty' - - such poetic terms caught my interest in your 'Lunchtime in Shanghai' David - - it would have been my own impressions I am sure - - but you finished this daring little narrative with humour which lifted it for me to the whimsical..... loved it. 10 and more from Fay
Order it all, David...You only live once...and so long as theres life there will always be Nexium! lol! Nice Work, indeed... F j R