Behind the Japanese Pavilion,
Vancouver, 1986. The doll gazed into the mirrored
back of the box, as she has gazed into the back
of each of my rooms, or the backs of boxes where there was no room.
Made in Japan so obvious they hid it (on the back).
First garden: Nitobe.
Each shrub arranged.
Bow of cherry limbs, slow
rise of koi from the moon-pebbled pond.
The world's oldest twin sisters, Kin and Gin,
named for Gold and Silver. Too old to leave
their neighbouring homes, they talk on a videophone, $2,500 U.S.
Tortoises have fewer folds. “Gin said she is happy
to live long so that she can use such an invention.”