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This poem is taken from PN Review 50, Volume 12 Number 6, July - August 1986.

Temple in the Little Goose Pagoda, Xi'an John Clarke

They brought religion first in panniers,
And later, on dry ground near the market-place,
The merchants raised this temple to their faith.

After an absence, its yards are peopled,
Buddhas enticed down from their retirement,
Fishponds restocked, and incense mingles freely

With the tractor-worshipping, crocodile-
shirted and bumper harvesting peasantry.
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