Sam Silva



Modern Melodies in China



After the boom years

the money in the bank

is top heavy, propped

on the frail oblivion

of man

and nature failing.


And things in their course

get too hot or too cold

...swirling in hurricane disease

above the lukewarm center.


Therefore sitting

in a restaurant in Shanghai

before things get too bad

there is a feeling of unease

in all of us here


and we no longer enjoy

these modern melodies

...these tapestries of bright new color

which for a few years

seemed so brilliant

and so new.




Sam Silva © 2013