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MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 221: MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 221: MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

 

food, fuel and fun

turn the table, joy is ploy

whine and wine unmatched

 

best cuisine culture

balance, not binary meal

delectable choice

 

menu minus myth

focus on health or hazards

toxic excesses

   

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU 220: OBDURATE OMNIVORE

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU 220: OBDURATE OMNIVORE

 

 

not give in but shift

self-righteousness bore silly

lifestyle survival

 

food chain and meatscape

uncertain on sentience

hook to taste habits

 

crave for carcasses

animal lives and short span

fat, salt and spices

 

awful appetite

hunger and humanity

direct diet niche

POEM TRANSLATION: TANKA 65 & 66

POEM TRANSLATION: TANKA 65 & 66

 

PARABLE

(寓言)

 

siblings stab on will

弟妹戳遗嘱

unkindest cut send shivers

无義切伤手足凉

beyond dynasty

超越朝边界

causal implosion comic

因果内爆耍無稽

parable for parenting

人成之比喻

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU AND TANKA ECHOES 66:

Kan responded to Tanka 65 in a haiku, thus:

 

Real or comic grief

真或悲哀思

House shuttered down for business

府议开闭為业务

Reopens the grave.

坟墓重公開。

This is my response in tanka:

 

GRIEVING

   哀思

 

new haunts for old house

老房作新巢

ghostly memories linger

徘徊幽靈般回憶

feud as showpieces

争吵如展品

anger shuts door of grieving

愤怒悲傷門關閉

reopens when love is found

重開待得愛來時

 

MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 63: EMBATTLED MIND

MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 63: EMBATTLED MIND

 

 

mind turn against itself

love-hate ambiguity

tortured inner talk

hard to commute injustices

a shot at hope and meaning

 

 

Note:

 

This is my third post retirement year. I have explored the meaning of living for many years, including euthanasia and suicide. Many years ago I delivered an invited talk on the topic to a group of CEO, but was quickly cut off and asked about “after death”. I replied that the mind could not cognize its own death, the unknown, and any thought for or against was a matter of belief or faith, something people hold as security. So any talk about it would be a pre death talk. Suicide is not necessarily due to depression, meaninglessness and hopelessness; it maybe a choice in living, with advent of worldwide political and economic chaos, lots of injustices and disappointment. As a creative writer, I have no hesitation to give a shot at it; not to explore the unknown, but to understand more about mind states. It is sometimes hard to communicate with oneself, what more with others!

 

POEM TRANSATION ECHOES 214, 215 & 28

POEM TRANSATION ECHOES 214, 215 & 28

 

ECHOES 214: The saga surges on:(家事波涛续)

 

MALADY OR MELODY

  (疾病或旋律)

 

winded bassoonists

长气笛簫奏

out of tune in orchestra

管弦樂隊不協調

bow out with some grace

退職以恩典

 

ECHOES 215:

MODERN RITUAL

(现代禮儀

 

forwarded mail posts

转发邮信件

impulse of finger pulp

手指腹片刻冲動

wind blow through window

风经窗子過

 

 MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU: ECHOES 28 visual haiku

 

Yin Ruins

(殷墟)

 

battle burial

战争埋葬場

victors and villains park

胜者和恶者公園

tourist trot over

游客跑过去