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MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 559: DAWNED ON DURIANS

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 559: DAWNED ON DURIANS

price and prize as king

thorny fruits in horny hands

beholders’ senses

Durian Types Malaysia | Famous Durian D24 Sultan Musang King

when durians fall;

sarongs are all pawned.

lust shadows grow tall;

lights on, they are donned.

Pawn Your Sarung For Durian " : The Malay Crave For Durians - YouTube

over powering

desirous or disgusting

taste is too pungent

Tewang Rangkang | Jokar Photography blog

craft durian ale

pre-biotic infused beer

offensive let go

Durian and beer turned into healthy probiotic booze by Philippine ...

when windows are wide opened;

bond of front door is broken.

aphrodisiacs dismiss;

temperance in food is bliss.

Four Seasons Durians Singapore - Durian Pastry Bakery - SHOPSinSG

Note:

Durian (Malay: duri means thorn; an is suffix) season is on. All the three main races of Malaysia like durian generally. This should be recognized as a “national” fruit.  There are no prohibitions, except over consumption. Durian, with high calorie and carbohydrate, is not recommended for diabetes (20% incidence in the nation and is on the rise), but one or two seeds are not harmful at all. It should not be taken with alcohol, even though there is no death-intoxication. The burping and farting are ferocious and embarrassing. The fruit is not allowed in the plane.

All the pictures are copied and pasted from the web.

I have attempted a new style of writing: one or two stanzas of haiku/senryu follow by four lines of free verses with end rhyme, as commentaries.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 558: CORRUPTION CORRIDORS

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 558: CORRUPTION CORRIDORS

companies collapse

crisis change consumers’ choice

causes connected

Coronavirus: nearly half a million Chinese companies close in ...

conscious of conflict

corridors of corruption

committed in crime

Why inflation might follow the pandemic | Financial Times

cronies cross confine

cash contribution to cite

challenge contended

The Future of Travel and Tourism After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Note:

Familiar faces paraded in the media about the heinous return. The convicts are relatively free; those in opposite camp, of a different colour, may face conviction. There is too many forwarded news, and uncertain about authenticity or legality.  Anyway, the poet merely narrates what is talk about.

The images were all copied and pasted from the web with appreciation to their owners.

My third poetry book will be out before 17th July, 2020. There are only 495 soft copies available. The publisher will help to sell about 50 copies. About half of these will go to public libraries or friends and relatives.  At best only 200 copies will be available to the public. The price will be fair. I will suggest Malaysians to buy their copies fast. Only soft copies, no e-book. Once available I will print out some details. I design the book cover, and write every word in it, except the interactions with other poets.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 557: FEELING AT FERRY

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 557: FEELING AT FERRY

to bid you farewell

gently hold you in my hands

with warn grip and part

FBA | Kinmen Ferry Terminal

memory takes root

under dignified landscape

clouds drift as day dream

Xi Murong returns from her homeland pilgrimage - People's Daily Online

stretch out hands again

time ceases in a standstill

warm tears from my heart

Dialogue of the soul - Xi Murong poetry(Chinese Edition): XI MU ...

flow like a river

in hapless gaze at ferry

terminal, flowers

穿越梦的河流from the best shopping agent yoycart.com

nothing passable

just place blessing on your clothes

in endless morrow

Note:

This run of haiku is translated from a song-poem (lyric), DUO KUO (literally FERRY), written by Xi Murong, a Mongolian Chinese, residing at Taiwan Province, China. I was listening to a song and a poetry recital in Chinese. She is three years senior in age, but we share the same birthday.

Whenever you bade your dear one’s farewell, it might be the last. Do and say what is hidden in the hearts, or the regret may haunt you for life. This is a tearful and sentimental reminiscence of departure at a Ferry Terminal. The poet searched in vain for some symbolic flowers to give but none available or suitable in the florist or garden nearby. She had pinned her love and blessing on his garment in timeless tomorrow. Yet her regret lingers on.

All the pictures are copied and pasted from the web with appreciation.

My third poetry book, titled, HEALING HAIKU & SENRYU: POETIC ECHOES TO SOOTHE HEARTS, has been sent for publication, and will be available before August, 2020. I shall provide more details when it’s available in the market as soft copy only.

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MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 556: WAKE WHISPERS

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 556: WAKE WHISPERS

voices from the wind

rustling sound of falling leaves

share by withered self

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the dead protested

crying voices share by all

wake whispers your call

See the source image

Note:

This run of haiku/senryu is in response to Ronovon’s poetry prompt, with keys words, SHARE AND VOICE, posted on 15th June, 2020.

There was a drizzle. I heard the wind whispering to me, during my exercises in the porch. The coded message from nature prompt the first and last line. I linked up the news of mass burial for the aged, no mourning and wake to bid them farewell, and the cry of protesters, dead and alive.

The pictures are randomly copied and pasted from the web with appreciation.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 555:CLOUDSCAPE AND LANDSCAPE

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 555:CLOUDSCAPE AND LANDSCAPE

ominous dark clouds

engulf setting sun and light

choke the living air

full of gloom and doom

havoc by storm and deluge

washes and renew

Image result for gloom and doom in pandemic

the earth refreshes

nature’s rejuvenation

half-moon shy to shine

Image result for gloom and doom in pandemic

the gates are unlocked

second and third wave rush in

through quarantine doors

See the source image

die or co-exist

toss between money and life

time for coin to drop

Note:

There was overhanging dark clouds, with lightening thunder rain, and flood reported elsewhere. After more than three months of isolation and quarantine, city gates are unlocked. It is not because we are now free and secure; it is because the economy is choked to death, which, in turn, will affect all. At first imported construction workers were infected and they roamed our malls and parks. Now it was their barbers that infect us. There were endless clusters erupting here and there. We have six million of alien, residing legally and illegally. We need time to build up immunity; if one is not dead with the herd.

The first picture was from Dr.David Quak, a Malaysian cardiologist. Permission has been obtained to compose a poem. The rest of the picture are copied and pasted from the web. All done with appreciation.

Today I shall submit my final manuscripts for IT format, and then for publication.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 554: PUPPETRY PLAY

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 554: PUPPETRY PLAY

puppetry cult play

tell myth and moral story

skin control by strings

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shadows in and out

dexterous hands behind screen

move is manoeuvred

Image result for wayang kilit in malaysia

theme for humble folks

truth of good over evil

power is the king

Image result for good and evil in shadow play

Note:

Thank you to Sadje and Sonya’s “Three Lines Tales”posted on June 5th, 2020.

The pictures were all copied and pasted from the web with appreciation.

I have added some additional notes in my new book, which I have attached below:

Puppetry Play promotes cultural practices, and provides cheap entertainment and moral lessons for our traditional humble folks.The unspoken lesson is followers must follow the moral principles, but leaders are contented with adages. However, in our modern world, it is an excellent therapeutic tool in healing physical and emotional problems. The verbal and non- verbal, combines with music or visual arts, interact well in solo or group psychodrama. The play allows suppressed feeling of fear, depression or domestic abuses, in full and safe expression. It is also a useful educational aid for children in their developmental hurdles.

Poetic therapy shares its value as a healing skill in a creative way. The battle of “good over evil”, is a universal theme. We see the arts and the sciences of it, in a kind of system thinking. It is for the readers to explore their own meaning, in the progression of stanzas. Readers need to search the choice of diction, such as cult, myth, shadows, storytelling, power and their meaning of “skin tied to the strings”.


MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 553: ANGER AND LOGIC

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 553: ANGER AND LOGIC

emotive anger

pervasive perverse pleasure

laments lost logic

Image result for fiery angry protest in US

anger arson scene

fiery flames to loot and shoot

logic flee and freeze

Image result for loot and shoot in US, cartoon

fuzzy logic world

supremacy sunk and stunk

anger as sensor

Note:

This run of haiku/senryu is in response to Ronovan Poetry Prompt, ANGER AND LOGIC, posted on 1st June, 2020.

There is Black protest against White brutality. There is also Black violence against Yellow; endless racialism and divide.  Anger is a universal emotive force; there is a global brutality. There were reports of looting and shooting in the mass protest. We could not ignore the background poverty and discrimination. Our social system is much more complex, for the divisions seep deeper than seen on surface. The cruelty repeats ad nauseam. It can only begin with ourselves.

The picture and cartoon are randomly copy and paste from the web, with appreciation.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 552: OPEN AND CLOSE

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 552: OPEN AND CLOSE

kill with open eyes

brutality boost by badge

close up cruelty

Image result for minenepolis kill and protest

world is wide open

human rights violation

close cry of cadence

Image result for human rights violation in us

sense open and close

fresh flourishing learners mind

free and predestined

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Notes:

This run of haiku/senryu is in response to Ronovan’s Poetry Prompt Challenge, with the words, OPEN & CLOSE, posted on May 25th 2020.

The pictures are copied and pasted from the web, with appreciation.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 551: JACK AND BEANSTALKS

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 551: JACK AND BEANSTALKS

one system for two

haunt of independence hope

delude by wet dream

One Country, One System - Palisades Hudson Financial Group

seeds feed on wet rolls

beanstalks grow high to heaven

weak cultural root

Image result for seeds on toilet rolls beanstal

magical thinking

Jack descend to liberate

No rainbows in clouds

Image result for jack and the beanstalk story

Note:

Recently China announces that Hong Kong will have one nation under one system, like all other places in the country. For over a year, probably a third of residents there protested about two systems and with demands, amounting to Independence. They dislike the two system or one or whatever under CPC. This is an impossible dream to cede away from central government. No country in the world allows separation. Even United Kingdom is under threat of breaking up.

Hong Kong varsities have high ranking status academically, but the outcome of these clogged up brains is good enough for the drains. They not only fail to understand their own cultural roots and history. They also fail miserably in understanding the West, especially American freedom and democracy. They are a weird hybrid, infested with magical thinking.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 550: FUN OF PUN

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 550: FUN OF PUN

constipated chores

expel the initial hard cores

followers flow out

fiber Archives - bon happétee - Eat Smart, Get Fit, Stay Fit

day of fast motion

hind illegitimacy

free movement control

Muhyiddin stole our government - don't let him steal our ...

pandemic pander

whims of foxy go between

corrupt cronies click

Possible scenarios how power has shifted in Parliament | The Star

Note:

I was listening to breaking news on Malaysia on current political events, and the latest laws on covid d pandemic on extended CMO (Controlled Movement Order). I made a joke on passing motion on the corridors of power, and bowel movement due to constipation. My family has problem understanding such shitty English pun. I asked myself whether there’s poetry in it, and the link in the news I listened. Without being crude, the morals fall out faster than the shits among politicians.