? SLAB | Sound & Literary Art Book

Issue 1

Poetry

Huang Xiang

Guitar


— A Lament for the Terrorist Attack on New York 's Twin Towers

On my body are two guitar 
Strings 
One is the Yellow River 
One is the Yangtse River 
They are tightly strung on my back 
Thrumming now two vibrant words in my 
Own language: 
China! China ! China ! 
With every strum 
Inside my body 
A tide surges 
The roar of its churning waves 
Blasts out the silting stars of 
Time 
That fill my body 
To the brim 
China! China! 
China!