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A beautiful stranger

ALAN TURING born 23 June 1912: the unprovable problem is the solution

A beautiful stranger (The maths of the Dragon)

© 2012 Julie O’Yang

In front of you it sits

Do not open & touch the dust

Of perfection

You’ve been to the Dragon Hills

Looking for shadows

Clouds from both sides

Like white powder sifting through a dead maiden’s face

As she arises

Her white powder hands digging

Into the debris of a system

In order to let in light & air

And so you start to believe

That the entire world has turned into a great ruin

And the Dragon is the sole survivor

You can hear her faraway wingbeats

Vermillion leather.


If you think very clearly

As clearly as the light dancing

On tresses of her charcoal eyelashes

You can also catch the dust

Of her voice

falling  softly onto your closed eyelids:


A beautiful stranger.

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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  1. nispell says:


  2. B.J. Ashanti says:

    lovely Jewels-nice surprise–but poetry ? (harrumph—lol)

    1. did I mention anywhere that it’s a poem? thought so.

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