Words by Holly Lee. Response in picture by Lee Ka-sing

For Ka-sing, July 2014

you put your glasses on
to read small letters
you take them off
to read the room
the room is silent
every younger person
thumbing and drumming their iphones
connecting and disconnecting
to be or not to be

with glasses on
or off
you still cannot see
the letters are too minute
fingers too big
numb and dumb
to hit the right alphabet

I emailed you an unfinished poem
across the table
you emailed me an article
on ancient Cantonese
I've taken on martial art novels
you ponder on the confluence
of clouds
Chinese poetry
and the west

sore neck sore shoulders
you said massage
is more therapeutic than medicine
but afternoon tea a must
double double and pecan danish
since when
have you fallen
for such

but you are so contented
everyday a new day
a new picture
a new verse
this place
a garden of

(Cake and Photograph by Iris Lee)
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