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TANKA WITH TANKA ECHOES 83: PROXIMITY AND FRAGILITY

TANKA WITH TANKA ECHOES 83: PROXIMITY AND FRAGILITY

 

Claudia McGill in her Tanka 68 wrote:

 

a contented pair

sugar bowl and cream pitcher

settled on their tray

rims touching handles nested

leaning into each other

 

This is my response in Tanka 83: PROXIMITY AND FRAGILITY

 

exists as a pair

proximity endearment

handle with great care

fragile, broken with rough rub

treasure and polish with time

GODSIB 13 ON SUNSET YEARS & MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 78: SOFT SURVIVAL

GODSIB 13 ON SUNSET YEARS & MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 78: SOFT SURVIVAL

 

 

filling drop again

like fruits ripen from the trees

a bumper harvest

strong with strong decay faster

soft tongue knows the taste of life

 

NOTE

GODSIB/GOSSIP 13: REFLECTION ON 5 M ON SUNSET YEARS

 

Every month or two, at least a tooth will crack or a tooth filling drop. In August, I experienced four cracked teeth (including one with needle foundation and dropped filling). That feeling inspired me to compose the above Tanka.

The first M that flashes across my mind is Mastication. Without strong dentition, my dietary choice will have to change. Fortunately I am blessed with a good dental friend; he will fix my teeth without fees.

Second, Money supply is the fuel for all social and personal activity. Dental and medical cares are too expensive, and I have limited income (so far well managed).

Third, Mobility and Muscle power are related. Without independent mobility, life style will change drastically. We walk and do stretching exercises almost every day. It is not just for health and medical benefit, but for social contact, travel and going for meals and other visits (banking and paying bills).

Lastly, with activities, Memory decay will hopefully delay. That is the last marker of self-identity.

 

 

 

 

POEM TRANSLATION TANKA ECHOES 75

POEM TRANSLATION TANKA ECHOES 75

 

PLEDGE

(承諾)

 

 

all connect by pledge

承諾全联系

lone kid shows middle finger

孤獨兒童示中指

steals show from parade

窃显從游行

think and act within the box

思考行動框中里

no fun allow for bored child

無趣考虑無聊兒

 

 

MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 75: PLEDGE

MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 75: PLEDGE

 

all connect by pledge

lone kid shows middle finger

steals show from parade

think and act within the box

no fun allow for bored child

 

Note:

We often get serious over some petty things with children, forgetting its part of development. It’s just not fair or just to highlight the child in social media. We were kids before and the discipline was no better, but we grew out of it.

Today we see President Trump shows his middle finger towards North Korean nuclear threat (Yahoo news); but it was America who threatened Kim first. The President of USA was always exceptional. When you have the military might, you have the right to moralize about human rights.

 

POEM TRANSLATION TANKA 70 IMMORTALITY

POEM TRANSLATION TANKA 70 IMMORTALITY

 

 

IMMORTALITY

(不朽)

 

heat, rain, light and mist

热,雨,光和雾

illusion of paradise

幻覺天國的玄美

island was mirage

岛是幻景

dream of immortality

長生不老的梦想

panacea for prime fear

靈丹药為首相畏