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MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 427: HANGING COFFIN

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 427: HANGING COFFIN

 

 

 

coffins hang on cliff

cry out regrets to heaven

all forgiving god

 

defer death sentence

time to tune priorities

let vain desire die

 

loan is lost again

procrastination pursuits

work motive mismatch

 

Note:

This haiku/senryu is in response to V.J. Knutson weekly challenge 33, with the theme of UPSIDE DOWN, posted on 29th Jan, 2019, in her ONE WOMAN’S QUEST. The picture os THE HANGED MAN, belongs to her; the other picture is by Helene Vaillant. My picture has been in my blog for six years, and one reader has ever asked me what it was.  It was a HANGING COFFIN, at Mount Wuyi, China. Hanging coffin was a minority tradition in China, but the same tradition was also noted other south east Asian countries.  The coffin was hanged on high cliff instead of buried, and, in that sense, it was UPSIDE DOWN.

HEAVENLY TOUR OF WUYISHAN

Sonorous through crevices and caves, the missing tiger roar’d;

We mounted, without any marshal art[i], up the heavenly tour.

Peeped at narrow light aperture, but no goddess took bath.

The bodhisattva at the peak forbade our ascending path.

At the foothills, arhat[ii] tea and rocky fungus, were on promote;

Six bushes of imperial red robe[iii] on cliff were cutthroat.

A six-seater bamboo raft rowed down from upstream;

Gorgeous gorges, turns and twists, meandered in daydreams.

Calligraphy competed with misty rocky formation in bliss;

The hanging coffin[iv] reminded earthly souls what was missed.


[i] Wuyi, name of mountain is homophonic with marshal art.

Please look at scenic pictures together with the verses.

Life meanders in 9 turns and 18 twist, up and down stream in a raft.

Witness peaks and valleys, nature and nurture,

And the hanging coffin as a reminder before looking up at heaven.

[ii] “Tie Lou Han (Iron Arahant), fermented red tea.

[iii] Fermented dark red oolong  tea for emperors, now for leaders.

[iv] These coffins were cantilevered out on wooden planks and partially hidden

inside rock enclave. There were 3750 years old.

Mount Wuyi is situated in Fujian Province, south China. It is one of 43 UNESCO heritage sites in China, out of a total more than  962 in the world.

I have copied and pasted an u-tude and pictures by others in the web, for I must admit they have takent better pictures .My sincere thanks and apology for not requesing prior permission.

1.http://en.fjta.com/FJTIS/FL/Top10FamousTour/Top10FamousTourShow.aspx?ID=1&mt_id=8

2.http://en.fjta.com/FJTIS/FL/Top10FamousTour/Top10FamousTourShow.aspx?ID=1&mt_id=8

3.http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/fujian-travel/wuyishan-travel/water-curtain-cave-in-wuyi-mountains/

4.http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/fujian-travel/wuyishan-travel/climb-tianyou-peak-in-mount-wuyi-my-trip-to-wuyi-mountains/

5.http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_curiosity/2004-10/26/content_62635.htm

6.http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_aboutchina/2003-09/24/content_21849.htm

7.http://blog.chinatravel.net/china-travel-tips-advice/wuyi-mountains-temples-tombs-tea.html