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POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 472, WITH NOTES AND HAIKU 476

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 472, WITH NOTES AND HAIKU 476

PRAYERS FOR BULLS

(為蠻牛祈祷)

mundane mind limit

世俗心界限

protestants not catholic

抗議者无同情心

tongue-in-cheek twisters

言不由衷者

bulls trade as bullets

牛当子弹典

carry old crusade banner

拿着舊十字旗帜

hearken wrong sermon

聆聽錯佈道

book and not street smart

知识非智慧

distracted mind in dream home

心烦意乱夢想家

carcasses abode

畜體之住所

Note:

I have borrowed some words and ideas from Sylvia Plath’s famous poem, “Love is a Parallax”, but in a different context. Please read the original poem first.  The tittle of the haiku/senryu, “Catch No Ball” (liak bo kiu) is Singlish, meaning fail to catch the meaning of certain topic or motive.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 476

CATCH NO BALL

not what seem to be

betray by parallax view

waves pretends as clouds

diverse horizon

play kaleidoscope of shapes

saints play insane role

calculated act

climb Jack’s beanstalk to heaven

steal secret of love

How would a limited mundane mind transcend the infinite message of God or nature? Protestant priests, with CIA, are involved in the recent violent protest in Hong Kong. These leaders bring the church in direct confrontation with the CPC, when the issue involved is extradition of criminals to mainland China. Thereby they are not catholic, meaning not all embracing in love and dichotomy of the mundane world. Giving the other cheek becomes tongue-in-cheek. They will undo a lot of good missionary work, the charities and medical care, by other Christians in the past. They carry the old crusade banner against another legal government. They do injustices to these young bulls, trading them as sacrificial lambs.

China is certainly a dictatorship; they never deny that. It’s system of government, with checks and balances, as good as western model, otherwise they will not progress so well and fast with 1.4 billion population. Similarly, the western powers are dictatorship of two parties, or strictly, in the US, of contending conglomerates. Sylvia’s poem taught us to have an opened mind, since they are all ambivalent and limited in each perspective. There are all shades of gray and kaleidoscope of shapes. We are often unaware of our own lust and ambition.

There are frustration on living among many citizens. However, these are bad governance by Hong Kong local administrative government (compared with Macao), not from central government. In fact, in the past, many good suggestions were proposed but voted down by regional Assembly. It’s odd that many of these student leaders think they are not Chinese, it’s best for them to leave the country, than to fight for an impossible independent city state. False and biased cognition are hard to eradicate. It would take a generation or two to change that. In Malaysia we are slightly better, or no better, if we think in racial terms, we “catch no balls”. The truth is our leaders have no balls to think outside their small box. The Hong Kong protests taught us that many of these students are not even knowledge (general as against academic) smart, what more to think of street smart, in terms of living experiences and interactions with diverse groups.