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‘the gardener’ - looping animation

Ricepaper Magazine // 2017

Looping animation created to accompany the poem “the gardener,” written by Lisa Zhang.

Imagery inspired by the line “I want to love you in a tangle of vines.”

— Published in Ricepaper Magazine, Jan. 2017.

“Ricepaper Magazine is a Vancouver-based Canadian magazine which has showcased Asian Canadian literature, culture, and the arts since 1994.”

Scroll to read the poem “the gardener,” and see more work by Lisa Zhang at ricepapermagazine.ca .


POEM

“the gardener” by Lisa Zhang

— as seen at ricepapermagazine.ca

i want to love you in a tangle of vines –
i’ll peer through the mess of green
and there you’ll be, okay with me as I am –
as I cry inside a fleece like a child
or cut down enemies with my mother’s tongue.

let us tend to our garden each day.
each night,
there’s the routine:
the light of a litle lamp for us to share.
we sleep in a small jungle
until i am in dreamland –
you are senseless till morning.

i heard from my mother that
i must be a complete person
before i can love.
well, i have been an architect.
i have poured concrete for years,
and i have a brutal building
that looks built to last.

that’s a mistake –
to try to outlast life.
i will never be whole.

for all my learning,
i know less than socrates
but I do know this:
you deserve something that grows –
let us be gardeners.



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