bright green jade waters
running fast towards the Yangtze,
sampan crews skilled in navigating
the shallow green tributary
one time running aground
we almost spin completely around.
caves in mountain sides
and unexplored valleys
rise up to heavens
paying homage to this sacred river.
white water rapids
part of some resident’s daily commute.
an army of laborers cutting
down brush and trees below
the projected new waterline.
further downstream we finally
gaze upwards at the hanging coffins
jutting out from shear
cliff faces and seemingly inaccessible.
we are within the eyes
of the mountains
that reach out towards the sky.
Picture by Dochong 2003 on the Lesser Three Gorges