From China with love

An incomparable love begins

Created in the blood spilt

From my emotional havoc,

More beautiful than Zhang Ziyi

Unimaginable

Have I found her

In Guangzhou 

My Sino woman

Or am I the fool again,

The face of romance and mystery

Her artistry, that demeanor carnally imploring

Screamed to my soul

I surrendered to that alchemy 

Her tongue liked my words

I sated her hunger

We rose in passion

Voracious until

Crushed by kilometres of separation

Life played its hand

The sticky icing melting into frost

It is all in the detail

Truths slowly revealed in skimpy clothing

How fantastical, ephemeral, love can be

The recipe cannot be had

The same mistakes keep repeating

How earthly then this death

In my bed wet from her saturation,

And after all my loves

After all this has gone

Would she still be the one

Illusive, to the end

Poem written May 2020 from numerous inspirations: the Wong Kar Wai film 2046; Zhang Ziyi; and the music of Lianne La Havas (Unstoppable, Elusive, Bitterwseet), PJ Harvey (One Line), and the song Macarthur Park (Richard Harris). 

Copyright 2016 John Williams