China: 5,000 Years
not the jade ornament of a pig-dragon or the lamp in the shape of goose holding a fish
not the bronze buckle ornament of a dancer with cymbals
or the nephrite jade carving of a winged horse
all from the second century B.C.E.
Originally published as “China: 5,000 Years.” 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Short-List Finalist. Manchester School of Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. 18 Oct. 2013.