My friend warns me:
“You’d better get ready.
The Chinese are coming
For their money.
Why aren’t our schools teaching Chinese
Instead of Spanish?
We’re going to be so unprepared
When they come for their money.”
Will they bring mulberries and jade?
Astragalus for my immune system?
Imperial moths for my silk collection?
Ink for drawing plum blossoms?
Will seven Buddhist missionaries
Convert my multi-tasking mind
To thinking one thought at a time?
Will they be satisfied with my
One cup of tea with a teaspoon of honey
One handful of coins in an open-faced palm?