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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

 

 

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!