GLORIOUS YOUTH DANCING ROUND AN URN
Bird shit veiling that caryatid waiting
for a good rain. Here I stand by a hustler
who'd trade his whole life savings in
for a clean bill of health. For a couchant
sphinx crouching on a bronze palmate
soldered out of fragments from a site
rumored to be Troy. Sundry flesh left
to rot with triple-headed horses sporting
a dozen legs-an unmanned chariot
hauled across the krater's terracotta face.
TIMOTHY LIU's fifth book of poems, Of Thee I Sing, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press in 2004. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.