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POEM TRANSLATION TANKA 50 & GOSSIPS 12: ON TRANSLATION

POEM TRANSLATION TANKA 50 & GOSSIPS 12 :ON TRANSLATION

 

SECURITY HOOYA

安全非哑)

 

bury by yahoo

埋藏由雅虎

nail box to secure account

釘盒以确保帳户

rash rush to rescue

鲁急的解救

endless security codes

無盡的安全编碼

unheard voices underground

聼不到地下嗓音

 

GOSSIP/GODSIB ABOUT TRANSLATIONS 12

Bilingual translation is never an easy thing. It could be subtractive or additive. How does one translate HOOYA? Clearly it is Yahoo written in the reverse order. The usual Chinese translation for Yahoo is 雅虎 meaning a graceful tiger; it is sonic literal translation, more meaningful than the English.

It could be a tiger (fierce animal), but not graceful in my case. Even turning the words around means more or less the same in Chinese. This is not the narrator’s intention. The translation must not be word by word, but in the context of the haiku. What the HOO (crap) is Yahoo protecting, YA? No offence to Yahoo, but a momentary personal feeling towards electronic devices, a burden to many senior citizen shared.  One goes in circuitry with the steps, in Yahoo RESET and there is never any person you can talk to about unsolved problems. 非哑, The first word means negativity or void, or no; the second word means mute.

 

 

 

 

HAIKU/SENRYU: ECHOES (TRANSLATION)

HAIKU/SENRYU: ECHOES (TRANSLATION)

(1)

 

all time interest

全時的興趣

befriend former enemies

昔日敵人待如友

a principled stand

原則性立場

 

(2)

both sides behind bars

柵欄兩背後

last laugh: monkeys at monkeys

最后諷笑:猴子于猴子

irony of life

生活諷刺性

 

(3)

greetings hit the wall

祝賀碰墙壁

fine attunement in home town

優美調音在故鄉

cold little red dot

冷淡小紅點

 

(4)

life, short circuited

人生,路程短

brave through agony and grief

勇敢的經過痛扎

dignity till end

至最後尊嚴

 

(5)

cancer: tech and touch

癌症:高科技,高联系

cure, palliate or abate

治療, 減輕或消除

deny to accept

否认至接受

 

 

 

 

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU: ECHOES XII

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU: ECHOES XII

 

Kan wrote again:

 

(1)

 

Strange protocol

Insistent on hierarchy

Gods answer to call

 

(2)

This is my response:

 

when one is dying

science, arts, magic and God

desperate call: help

 

EXTRA N FOR NUTS: HAIKU AND GODSIB AND GOSSIP 11

EXTRA N FOR NUTS: HAIKU

 

Peace and compassion

Cannon hide in the Canon

Blood path in Paris

 

NB

The first poem in my second book is “Canon and Cannon”, for it is the most widely read poem in my blog, for reasons not known to me. Yet no reader has queried the silence of “cannon” in that short poem.  The above haiku will break that silence.

 

GODSIB AND GOSSIP 11

I asked the young lass “Tell me in few words, from your heart, what Buddhism is? Please don’t quote from the books or master”. She replied “Learning.” I request her to elaborate. She remarked “learning to be a better human being.” “You mean educating one to be a better human being; or to bring out the best qualities of a being, meaning consciousness.” Indeed, if one could not be a decent being, how to label oneself as a disciple of this or that religion (re afresh, ligare to link, bond).The label is not the essence; the living religion is.

A Chinese monk, Master Taixu (1890-1947) once wrote that when personhood was fully cultivated and developed, enlightenment could then be attained. In other words, learn to be decent human being, before one plays the role of God.

 

GODSIB/GOSSIP 10: ON HAZE, SHAMAN GOOD GOVERNANCE

GODSIB/GOSSIP 10: ON HAZE, SHAMAN GOOD GOVERNANCE

 

This morning I take my legs for a walk. The haze has kept many indoors.  Indonesia has given us more month of haze-free air to breathe. We are grateful. Our Malaysian Raja Bomoh (King of Shaman) has sucked the haze in his modern magic vase. I can’t remember which century we are living.

Every morning and evening, a lot of Singaporeans take their dogs for a walk. With a population of less than six millions, there are certainly a lot of dog lovers or loners. However, unlike in Malaysia, there are no “dog poos” along the walkways. There are displays of fine: a thousand Singapore dollars, if you are caught without cleaning up. In Malaysia, we are very free, humans and dogs can do what they like in public places.

I like to walk along canals (euphemism for drainage) in Singapore, except it’s not easy to find toilets, and, with CCTV and social media around, it’s not easy to ease the tension even among the bushes. Best on your pants to show you are at least sweating profusely. In Singapore, you are able to walk in these parks and contemplate peacefully. In Malaysia, your mindfulness is with trepidation, for we have lots of “Butch Cassidy” in our Highways and neighbourhood.  It’s not money or your life; often it’s both, and it will be ridiculous to ask gangsters for a reason. If you report this, they console you by telling you it’s so prevalent, and you are really nuts to take it so seriously. You learn to accept your fate in a society full of faith. What they did not remark was, if the top could do it, then it was free for others, for earning a living was hard for many. Our stress level was up with the rising cost of robbing a living. We exercise lots of stereotyping in our daily lives. My learned friend said in schools they taught such over- generalization was wrong and racial. In Singapore, I walk many miles; passing by many races and creed, there was no need to be on guard or stereotyping, on all parties. Yet I change my social gear on safety each time on my return, knowing over generalization is evil. Be honest, stereotyping is not necessarily racial, it’s bad governance.

tn bomoh and haze

Twin Tower, an iconic phallic image of Malaysia

Twin Tower, an iconic phallic image of Malaysia

QUE SERA SERA : NEW POEM

QUE SERA SERA

Fingering my mistress in a bumpy ride,

The currency and shares take a slide.

She is on and again hot,

Off I am and cold in thought.

The future is not for us to plan,

Live as best as we can.

Que Sera Sera,

What will be, will be.

This poem is easy read for Malaysians, I hope. It is written in the bus.

Que Sera Sera: is Spanish/Italian, meaning: OK, it is your destiny or fate. In Chinese the word, Ming, is written with three radicals, starting from top to bottom, meaning the first thing in life is to kow tow (bow) to your destiny. Or the first thing in life is to obey commandments (kou lin). Of course Chinese do not have a fixed view on destiny, but that’s the prime thing out of four other factors in life, viz. destiny, opportunity at right time, geomancy and location, merits and connection, and personal knowledge and capability. These five factors play supporting and dynamic roles. Destiny is to show that at times, despite the best of everything, one cannot succeed at all, and has to accept the status quo. This is to prevent resentment to others and society.

LIFE WITHOUT A LOVER

LIFE WITHOUT A LOVER

This is what I wrote on Facebook today to remind friends:

My mistress, Xiaomi, broke down since last night. The night was quite. I woke up in the morning even without her cock call. Have to get her fix, otherwise my days ahead will lack some fun and lustre. She was proven to be a lovely companion, spending many lonely hours together, even with intimate selfie. Today my lap pet will replace her, but she is too burdensome to hug or tug around.If you cannot contact me via my mistress (a million stresses), try my private number, the one will double balls behind. The meaning of life is found in routines and habits and the dysfunction of the mistress, (fortunately the pet does not join hands together), may cause Anxiety States in some.

P/S

Told my relative that my Xiaomi could not be turned on. She hold on to her, and diagnosed as “over heated”. “Your lady is too hot”, and need to undress. She opened her cover and gave her power a gentle rub. She responded straight away. Your xiaomi was over powered with excess forwarded mails over the last two days. Many well intended people kept forwarding similar mails endlessly, to show they were all there in the “revolution”. It was all about the protest march in Malaysia against corruption. Even the devils were holy enough to join the angels. God bless them all.