Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises

A Poem by Rie Sheridan Rose

replacing one of the poems lost in the great database debacle.




Silk and sandlewood,

Saffron and swordplay.

The Orient is intrigue

and intricacies.

Caravans on the Silk Road

bring mysteries to life.

From Mongolia's steppes

to Singapore's shores,

the East sings its siren song --

"Come and see the ancient secrets

that were old before the West was born."

Geisha girls in Japan,

Concubines in China

and the silk and spices

that made the world

search for a way to riches.

Bangkok nights and

Tokyo dreams...

Simpers behind painted fans

lotus petals and bound feet

and tomorrow lasts forever

in the Land of the Rising Sun.

© 2008 Rie Sheridan Rose

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Simply amazing and stunning! This is wonderful.
You can write I really enjoy your style.

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is beautiful and truly engulfing. Good work!

Posted 10 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Ah, Asia. We have a three bedroom flat in Shanghai. My brother-in-law, a Singapore Chinese, is leading a tour group to an area along the silk road near the end of this year. My wife is Chinese. She grew up during the Cultural Revolution. My novel, My Splendid Concubine, is about China. As a matter of fact, my Website focuses on China. You may find it interesting to visit the Tibet page and hear another spin on the freedom movement.

All of my wife's published novels are on China: Red Azalea; Becoming Madame Mao; Empress Orchid, & The Last Empress.

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

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Added on June 17, 2008
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Rie Sheridan Rose
Rie Sheridan Rose


I'm a Texas girl, born and bred. I have a bachelor's degree in Technical Theater, and another in Asian Studies. Learning is one of my favorite hobbies. :) I am the eldest of four sisters, and that was.. more..