Sunday, March 04, 2007

Repost : Mt. Vernon, at Qing Ming

I have been very busy with work lately. So i guess i will just repost an old post today. It was a poem that I had written for the National Arts Council's 2005 Golden Point Awards. The picture is recent. :)

image by dsnake1

Mt. Vernon, at Qing Ming

It seems like only yesterday
that we lost them
the memories are so fresh.

We light the candles & the incense
rearrange the fruits & joss
with clasped hands
bow to loved ones long gone
remembering sweet secrets we shared.
& licked by hungry flames
paper offerings
their ashes flutter
like unfulfilled dreams
& shifting in the wind
with the smoke and the chatter
a hint of frangipanni.

It seems like only yesterday
that we lost them
the portraits are so new.


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Blogger polona said...

beautifully poignant.

05 March, 2007 03:51  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, polona.

05 March, 2007 15:47  
Blogger floots said...

i can only echo polona's comment
the pain of grief really comes across

05 March, 2007 16:07  
Blogger magiceye said...

vivid poignancy.....

06 March, 2007 19:37  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Spring is a good time for remembering and honoring. Good repost--especially since I missed the first.

06 March, 2007 21:04  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you.
it's a time for remembering the departed.


thank you. except for a few clean-ups for tenses, no revision. :)
QingMing is, i think, like your culture's All Souls Day.

06 March, 2007 21:34  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

new or old, I like it!

07 March, 2007 13:27  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thanks, andrew.

look out for more old stuff coming out. :)

08 March, 2007 21:52  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

I like this repost as I missed it out before! Great picture too.

poignantly beautiful!

09 March, 2007 02:21  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

This is very touching and beautiful, as a dsnake poem would be. :) When you are close to someone, their passing always seem recent when you think about them.

10 March, 2007 08:10  
Anonymous alson said...

But I also want to read your new poems. :(

10 March, 2007 11:15  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi gautami,
as i said to andrew, more reposts coming up!

i tried to do a chinese brush painting of 2 oranges, didn't turn out exactly as i wanted. :)

hi liz,
"as a dsnake poem would be."
so when did i acquire a trademark? :)

alson, alson
my old poems no good meh? :)

10 March, 2007 15:43  

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