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About wonkywizard

Retired Medical General Practitioner. MA (English) at Open University, Malaysia. Published two poetry books: 1. Flickering Flame: Poetic Echoes. 2. Landscape and Cloudscape: Poetic Echoes.

RENGGA WITH PAUL LENZI ECHOES 12: SPRING TEASE

RENGGA WITH PAUL LENZI ECHOES 12: SPRING TEASE

twirling her skirts

shapely flower stem legs

embarrass the snow

intuit crocus invert

spring cockily to show skirts

Note:

The first three lines, haiku, was written by Paul Lenzi on  July 3rd, 2018, before his untimely death. The last two lines was added by me, with his approval while he was alive. Paul was and is a great American poet. Please visit his blog to appreciate his poems and pictures. https://poesypluspolemics.com/2018/07/02/spring-tease-3/?c=82955#comment-82955

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 465: FATHERS’ DAY REFLECTION

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 465: FATHERS’ DAY REFLECTION

lifestyle leitmotif

know thyself through reflection

awake and aware

simple choiceless path

solitude to sense stresses

gloom and glow flow pass

live, strange to ask how

diseases threatened by fear

right and wrong thinking

food as medicine

sleep, stroll, self- heal for less stress

eulogy at birth

Note:

This run of haiku/senryu is written on Fathers’ Day on self reflection at 73 years. The pictures are copied and pasted from the web.  

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU ECHOES 464, WITH NOTES

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU ECHOES 464, WITH NOTES

FLASHES IN THE BUSH

(閃爍灌木中)

flashes their Morse code

閃爍其電碼

rival ruses and play ploy

诡计玩花招

bling bling in the bush

闪光灌木中

sound of cicadas

蝉群的声音

row and rock across river

划船摇滚穿过河

caught courting couples

抓说爱男女

cup her in both hands

双手杯著她

blinks and wriggle her behind

闪烁,扭动她身后

o, dazzling display

啊,刺眼显示

Note:

In a country obsessed with sex, flashes in the bush evoke many associations. Female fireflies are more attracted to fashier and faster shine, a phallic symbol for unzipped flies. The bling bling dig into female fantasy of masculine vigour. In their natural habitat, mangroves by the riverlet, one enters a territory of fairy lights, abuzz with mating activities. In Malaysia, there are no predators, so no death, only sex. The play ploys have been dramatized by our local politicians, in gay politics, whether real or faxed.  The sounds of cicadas invite a sensurround of primitiveness, with rocking and rowing in the boat. Here, we use it as simple transport to watch the flashing flies on their twigs, disturbing courting couples in their act. No offence was ever intended, unlike those holy guys who liked to hide and seek, catching consenting adults who enjoyed their cheap entertainment in the wild. This is the infamous khalwat, or isolation, that are newsworthy. However, for the innocent ones, it’s fun to capture and cup a fly or two in the palms for close inspection, and to release them again.

POEM TRANSLATION RENGGA ECHOES 11, WITH NOTES

POEM TRANSLATION RENGGA ECHOES 11, WITH NOTES

FLIRTATIOUS BLISS

(調情的祝福)

Flirtatious summer

調情的夏天

Arrayed in living jewels

列在生活珠寶中

Dancing with the sun

共舞與太陽

match make with molest music

匹配予骚扰音乐

buzz and burst in bridal bliss

嗡声爆婚礼福佑

Note:

This is a rengga, or a tanka, with 5/7/5/7/7/ syllables. The difference is the first three lines, a haiku, is written by Sue Vincent (plus her pictures); I add two lines to form a rengga. Sue titled her haiku as FLIRTATION; the rengga is titled as FLIRTATION BLISS, without changing her content. Rengga is fun in poetry writing; it follows the mind flow of the haiku poet.

Flirtation is often understood in a narrow sense, as a transient causal sexual relationship. There is intent and playfulness in an eventual sexual way, though not necessarily ending up in sex. In human courtship, the art of flirtation required skill; poetry lift it above basal emotion. In the animal kingdom, males are usually more attractive in their physical display to attract mating, for evolutionary survival. However, in the human world, the females take over the leading role; they are shapelier with eye boggling contours; whether half or full exposure, or even fully covered. The ploy changes role. Perhaps the market forces act on their better vanity.

Insects have no cognitive mind in such role playing, especially in romantic social display. It is a basic instinct and innate process, worthy of our learning. They obtain their nectar or food, helping in pollination in return. The world needs varied insects, flies and bees alike to attract different flowering plants. Diversity is a great asset, which humans have yet to learn, especially in countries with multi ethnicities and cultures. Any closure will disrupt good natural balance.

Summer is hot and people tend to wear less; varied kinds of flowering plants blossom and bloom beautifully. They are displayed in our living world; precious to us: sight, smell, hearing and other senses of delight. All we need to do is to stand and stare, to listen and smell what is around us. It’s a self-healing therapy; a blessing indeed.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 464: FLASHES IN THE BUSH

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 464: FLASHES IN THE BUSH

flashes their Morse code

rival ruses and play ploy

bling bling in the bush

sound of cicadas

row and rock across river

caught courting couples

cup her in both hands

blinks and wriggle her behind

o, dazzling display

Note:

We visited this Fireflies resort two days ago. Tourism Malaysia has brought some economic activities in this secluded Malay village. Strange that the local word “khalwat” means seclusion, but it is usually taken to mean illegal couples caught courting in secluded places. Of course, we have no business to involve in such holy acts. My grandchildren, from the city, were so thrilled to be rowed in a small sampan (boat), and rowed to some mangroves nearby. The flying flashing lights were unforgettable experiences for them.

The pictures were all copied and pasted from the web.

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU ECHOES 463 WITH NOTES

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU ECHOES 463 WITH NOTES

 DASHING HOPE

洒的希望)

huge waves dash and splash

巨浪冲飞溅

break and turn white on the shore

破浪變白在岸上

hope to impact lives

希望冲击命

cold water dash in

冷水冲进岸

sustain shoreline habitat

維持岸线栖息地

hope to cool down heat

希望寒降熱

rogue, not tsunami

巨浪, 非海

powerful but not supreme

絕不是至高

dash all peaceful hope

擊和平之望

ocean water meet

海洋水相遇

cold dash in to mix with warm

泠暖冲進混合中

hope for climate change

期望氣候轉

Note:

What a delight and dashing experience to watch waves ride on waves, rolling towards the shore and coastlines. They grow higher as they approach the beach; dash and splash with such force and energy. One can feel the vibrancy of nature: the crashing and roaring sound of both wind and water. Suddenly these waves break when enter shallow waters and the agitation turn into white foam or spume with powerful evocative visual images. These foams carry oxygen bubbles, providing life to creatures beneath the sand or tag into the rocks. They also provide nutrients for them. These waves erode the beaches and shorelines; they also help to build sand bars against such onslaught. In other words, they destroy and help in return. The energy these waves generated is used for surfing and other power. The waves bring in cold polar water to meet and mix with warmer water in tropics, assisting in temperature regulation. However, giant rogue waves, though not as destructive as tsunami, can be disruptive.

 This reminds us about super power nations turning into rogue state, disrupting world order and peace. Things are the way they are, due to supporting interconnected conditioned causes. The arising of supremacy has interconnected causes, such as the dollar domination, science and technology, military power, and the media; the ceasing will be the breakdown of these supporting causes. Temperature differences cause wind energy, to move water as waves; or sound energy in its splashing; the visual and sound move mental energy to form association and ideation.

RENGGA WITH SUE VINCENT 11: FLIRTATIOUS BLISS

RENGGA WITH SUE VINCENT 11:  FLIRTATIOUS BLISS

Flirtatious summer

Arrayed in living jewels

Dancing with the sun

match make with molest music

buzz and burst in bridal bliss

Note:

 The haiku, first three lines, belongs to Sue Vincent, with the theme of FLIRTATION, published on 7th June, 2019. Two beautiful pictures also belong to her. https://scvincent.com/2019/06/07/flitation-midnighthaiku/#comment-203881  Please visit her blog to appreciate more of her work.

Her poetry has inspired me to add the last two lines to form a rengga, or tanka.