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DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL & HAIKU 222: LOFTY LIES

DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL & HAIKU 222: LOFTY LIES

 

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU ECHOES 222: LOFTY LIES

 

lofty lies on right

trade opium for tea, silk

damned if defeated

 

plunder and pledges

bleed, betrayal and back stab

bullies take their bite

 

prosper or perish

money, muscles and moral

spare spoiled sons of soil

 

Note:

 

Readers need to be reminded that China was very advanced in Science and technology, and even in maritime power during the Song Dynasty (960-1279); an age when USA and many nations were no even around. Then for reasons not known to me, it declined quite suddenly in these advances, and did not recovered in later dynasties, such as Tang. It co-existed with Liao dynasty (907-1125), which perished totally and the Khitans, as an ethnicity also disappeared; maybe Sinicized, Mongolised or more Islamised.

When trade in tea, porcelain and silk were not in Western favour, opium was introduced into the kingdom to offset the imbalances. War broke out and China lost; territories were ceded and rights granted. Many smaller Europeans nations took their bite; India under British colonial army invaded the countries then.

 

 

The above pictures from Changyu Wine Museum, with a large underground wine cellar. I have read that China does produce good white and red wine. The prices in the factory was generally high, and the tasted samples were not good enough.

The pictures below were from Yantai Mountain; again a long ascend, but more easy climb than Mount Tai.

 

DAY 7 SHANDONG TRAVEL: PENGLAI & TANKA 70 IMMORTALITY

 

DAY 7 SHANDONG TRAVEL: PENGLAI & TANAK 70 IMMORTALITY

 

MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 70: IMMORTALITY

 

heat,  rain, light and mist

illusion of paradise

island was mirage

dream of immortality

panacea for prime fear

 

On Day 7 we visited the Eight Immortals Temple, some fifty five miles away from Penglai Fortress, hidden from the sea. The first Qin and Han emperor searched for elixir of immortality and the temple became famous due to mirage phenomena. The heat from the coast and the cold from the sea, with the misty rain and light produced mirages of an island, with building, people and architecture. These eight deities consisted of six males, one female and one hermaphrodite. Each had their own special power, such as healing, love, marriage, fortune.

DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL QILU WINE & HAIKU 216 FERMENT

DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL QILU WINE & HAIKU 216 FERMENT

 

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 216: FERMENT

 

 

gulp down strong white wine

forget all kinds of ferment

clear stable spirit

 

 

NOTE:

Chinese white wine, baijiu or shaojiu, literally means boiled liqueur from fermented sorghum, contains more than 60% alcohol; and is not wine by western definition, but more of whisky. The small cup I had has 62% alcohol; cost me RMB 10, with the cup and a packet of nuts. Good fragrance with strong burning sip, and in large gulp, easy to go off balance.

 

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

 

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 207 – 209

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 207 – 209

 

WITHERED

    ()

 

bare family feud

家族鬧內訌

dirty linens under sun

肮脏织品陽光下

tained withered wears

的衣服

 

 

 QI MUSEUM

   ( 齊博館 )

 

museum journeys

博物館行程

share smart feel learning past lanes

明智共學過线路

interactive trip

互動的旅行

 

    HAIKU 209

( 杨家埠民俗村,潍坊 )

 

FLYING FOLKLORE

     ( 民俗風筝)

 

 

paper birds surf wind

纸鸟隨風飄

carry grief to dead domain

带哀情到死域

sever attached strings

绝附条件

 

 

The English has a saying, Go and fly kite. Americans need to learn that more than others.