Airport, an hour before dawn, a passel of passengers, more festive
than paranoid, seen through portals ringing when metal's detected
by newly-minted federal inspectors.
The mysteries of the forge
declassified too soon?
baggage for gunpowder traces and scrapes of food. My bag slides
through unquestioned, shoes not searched for explosives, while
a brown-skinned man is embarrassed in his socks.
am a Muslim. Flying to the last vestiges of a fledgling life,
taking my bearings by the heavenly pole, the
earliest case of a Chinese identification of a barbarian group
the canine species is that of the Dog Jung. This barbaric people
(jung means 'wild, warlike, barbaric') are located, in the 'Geography
of the Tribute of Yü,' to the northwest of Shang China. Later,
in the approximately fourth-century B.C. Shan-hai ching, they
situated in the 'great northern wilderness.' These Dog Jung are
said, in the same source, to be guided
to the edge of Mother's grave freshly scooped out beside Father's bones.