For Elise

1 February 2013

After sundown garbage-trucks in Taiwan
sing electronic Für Elise
as they collect town waste –
(where else so talented?)

in different keys moving
closer now further away to
the grim outskirts

heard from the 13th floor (the building moans
in sea-breezes) oneiric
Casiotone a polyphony
underwater & out of tune.

This century already more haunted
than the last

not least by Ludwig
raging deafly from the grave.

Toucheng, Taiwan 2011

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