POEM TRANSLATION TANKA 113: POETIC INTERACTION, WITH NOTES
shut all her sense doors
light and sound fail to get through
breast-beating bad for backtalk
rapport to melt resistance
find key to unlock
the fit outside own tool box
sharpen old teeth grove
lubricate cut and friction
programme need patience and love
one door at a time
touch and feeling to change mood
angst is shared by both
entry and exit as one
door divides, break wall blockage
MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 114 POETRY INTERACTION
Cutting the slight curve
the saw blade bucks to a halt
the angle is wrong
let the guiding hand listen
align to the blade’s music
This is my response in tanka:
art and artisan
dextrous hands led the dance steps
halt and move wisely
forgotten selves in music
immerse and enjoy the flow
This is an interaction between poets in Tanka. I was initially inspired by Claudia McGill’s poetry; after my response in the first Tanka, she kept providing the sparks for more poetry; she responded the same, as in a conversation on overcoming attitudes, helping and thinking skills. The dialogue in poetry has brought conversation to an interesting and fun level.
The first Tanka begins with mentor-mentee scenario between helper and the helped. When the other has closed all the doors to learn, it’s difficult for another to help. The stubborn attitude works like a impenetrable high wall. Many parents and teachers would have encountered that frustration. All the bad backtalk would not help, no matter how hard the helper tried. The patience (meaning suffering or passion) is testing, yet the first hurdle is not to meet resistance with sermonizing, but how to melt the ice of negativity in both.
Often the key to unlock the impasse is not available. We need to find ways outside our thinking box and skills. We learn in the process of interaction. We sharpen our thinking and working skills; further friction would produce more heat. We need soft loving skill to overcome the tussles.
Perhaps we try to open too many doors at the same time. We retreat to begin with opening a single sense door at a time. Touch and contact is easier door to open. Maybe holding hands, or a sincere smile is a start. Good or bad feeling will affect the mood. The anxiety is often shared by both helper and the helped. Reciprocity is co-dependent or conditional. The doors close or open for better reasons; they are not psychological or mental divide. If the doors become hazards, then the need to break through walls or roof to get in or out. The entry is the exit; the exit is the entry; both as an entity.