Lockdown Colours

                                     (i.m. Li  Jilan d.784)

white on white smoothly---- into flawless orb
peony opens on the verge of light
petals’ concentric clusters trimmed in red
for the cup of your mid-night parting hand
days’ longing ---- white on white   bound by world
hours ---- birds homing   calling into wind
rose minutes beating in rhythm of heart
time drawing near from beyond crimson cloud
how did you find your wings    your way   to fly
golden eyed falcon who can divert fate
can shoot out of blue sky rain of    silver  
gold --- make earth   heaven    keeping rise    fall
         I dreamt about you every night this week
         Your name resounding off emerald sea