love letters to genghis khan

by W.M. Butler

i have seen history unmade
the facts changed
blind nationalism
from the so called
young and educated

i hide out in this city
with a “chinese” heart
and a beard like marx

a dizzy mix of hyper-capitalism
and mao suits

red-letter days
written on walls

replaced with
brand names

i’ve locked myself in
for national day
writing love letters
to ganghis khan

i have a carton
of double happiness
and the bloody
carcass of a panda
shoved under my

if they want me
they can come
get me.