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
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.
The Adirondack Review