by Cissy Fowler
These are the products –
purple, pink, yellow, and orange,
transported from Xinjiang to Beijing.
blue, gold, brown, and burgundy,
carried from Kashmir to Xanadu.
anise, mace, nutmeg, and cloves,
shipped from Molluca to Lisbon.
rings, pendants, swords, and coins,
hauled from Kathmandu to Madrid –
That motivated the formation
of so many roads and routes.
These are the crafts
That created the connections
Between so many cultures and natures.