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Salizan Takisvilainan, translated by C. J. Anderson-Wu

Twin Peaks

A million years ago
we were compressed into one mountain

Inside our body, there are
slates and liquid sandstones

On the surface, we wear
grassland with river cane bamboo, woods of coniferous and broadleaf plants
forests of cold fir and groves of hemlock trees
junipers, rhododendrons, formosan red cypress, hinoki cypress, wheel trees, and long-leaf chinkapin

The taboo of twins
leaving us only one name
Mont South-Twin-Peaks

In ancient Bunun culture, twins were cursed and must be killed at birth.

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