giggle dancing

the Chan nuns
clearly loved
their abbess
young and pretty with it
she had an elemental force

at one point
as I left the hall
she was on her way in
she paused and looked
maybe sensing
I had something to say
“xienzai xin yi”
(now heart one)
the best Chinese
I could muster

she lifted a finger
above her head
and slowly slowly
drew it down
to the centre
of her chest
closing her eyes
as she went

we bowed to each other
two pairs of eyes
giggle dancing

"China feet"