Saturday, May 23, 2015

A deceased person,

By X. Z. Shao
A deceased person,
or a historical figure,
when being mentioned,
is usually followed by
a pair of brackets indicating
his years of birth and death
with a hyphen in between.

A person alive
has only his birth year
followed by a hyphen
with an open end.
The short line seems
waiting for the missing number
to be filled in.

Once you were born,
you were given
a number, a hyphen
with its quiet longing
for a conclusion,
sometimes with patience
sometimes without.


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