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 Carmel Wallace 2008

photograph of beach-found plastic toy-soldier (cropped)

Go to the Blue Sea, look along the shore
At all the white bones forsaken –
New ghosts are waiting there now with the old,
Loudest in the dark sky of a stormy day.

Ping ch’e hsing from A Song of War Chariots
China, T’ang Dynasty (618-907)