Bamboo Shoots



How tall,

and how long a bamboo

Will live up to?

A bamboo has its built-in sections all

Folded neatly in its shoots or genes underground

In Its sleeping, growing only 3 cents in 4 years

Like a cicada cocoon groping in soil, unfound


Then it pierces Out of earth to a spring call

Stretching out a whole meter overnight

In a forenight  it reaches 20 meters in height

Oh!What a spurt! What a sight!


If you close in and listen

at the dead of night

You may hear

The crackling of its knots and joints

And feel the growing pain

Of stretching spine

 As a seedling

   Shoots up

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