paper money, paper houses

paper shoes and paper blouses

paper cars, paper flowers

paper hotels burn for hours

smoke and ashes twisting skyward

burning cauldrons in the courtyard

magic numbers shaken falling

anxious worship silent shadows

frowning spirits mocking

wanting more before they’ll speak

paper beer , paper brandy

paper food and paper candy

paper slippers paper lockets

paper tv’s with paper sockets

smoke and ashes twisting skyward

paper prayers for those departed

paper promises and paper tears

three sticks for earth wind and fire

bribes for the

ancestors  who are never happy

when we visit

khoo khongsi

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