Sunday, August 26, 2007

7th month

The muse must be back from her wanderings and is staying home, because I wrote this piece in a breeze.

She's staying in because this is the Chinese 7th Month. The 7th Month is also known as the Ghost Month in the Chinese calendar, which the traditional Chinese believe the ghosts and spirits are released from the lower world and allowed to roam this mortal world. Activities during the month would include ritually offering food, and burning of hell money to appease these spirits.

So you can see why the muse is staying put.

the gates of hell
image by dsnake1
generated from 'reptile'

7th month


    are there ghosts
    that scramble
    for paper gold
    eat their fill
    of fruits & meat
    that line the
    pathways the drains
    the aprons of concrete?


    it is not so much
    we feared them


    do we not share the
    same corridors
    the roads,
    the playgrounds?
    it is that we pray
    please do no harm to us.


    and so take
    the gold and money
    and fruits and meat


    and gather round
    smouldering joss sticks
    the fires of wax candles
    and burning offerings
    the flames flickering
    on bare ground
    in cauldrons


    the night wind stirs
    the fluttering ashes
    that are your regrets &
    unfulfilled dreams


    and your tedium
    of wandering

    the centuries


mood of the day
the mood is good

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Blogger floots said...

this has a wonderful acceptance of the fact that all that is permanent is the ephemeral
that ending is a wow for me

27 August, 2007 00:51  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thanks! i thought the ending was a wow too. :)

27 August, 2007 21:19  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Is that who's been raiding my pantry. No wonder the dog looks at me so innocently. Yep, a definite WOW poem!!!

27 August, 2007 21:42  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

I always learn something new from your blog. Thanks for telling us about the 7th month.

As floots say, That is a great ending..:D

27 August, 2007 23:12  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Wow! a WOW! from pat!

no, Pat, i think your dog is trying hard to look innocent. :)

thanks! i am also learning from your blog. :)

To the Chinese (at least the Buddhists and Taoists) it is an important festival.

27 August, 2007 23:44  
Blogger polona said...

i agree this is a wow! ending.
and thanks to you i have learned something new today :)

28 August, 2007 03:13  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

It was not a wow, It was a WOW multipled a million times (thats the number of spirits floating around! metaphorically, of course!) I like that and I think you outdid yorself this time!

28 August, 2007 06:40  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

it's good that through blogging, we can learn new things from each other. :)

you flatter me!
but i quite like this piece too, i think it captures the spirit of the festival. :)

do the chinese community in Malaysia observe this festival?

28 August, 2007 21:01  
Anonymous reluctant scribe said...

Hey there back :) Wow indeed. Great visuals, great rhythm. I love the combination of the supernatural and the urban, it works fantastically.

29 August, 2007 03:28  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi reluctant scribe,
thanks for visiting!
i just have to leave a comment on your post, "Reconnaissance". The visuals are great and i love the mood of the work. :)

if you have no problem, i would like to put your link in my blog.

29 August, 2007 19:47  
Anonymous reluctant scribe said...

Hey Dsnake1, I would of course be chuffed if you did, I haven't linked to you for nothing, have I :)? I'm glad that you liked it. Your comment also made me finally delurk over here, I can be rather shy when it comes down to that.

Just to say I have really enjoyed reading your blog the last couple of months since I discovered it :)


29 August, 2007 20:37  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi Ario,
i should have link to your blog earlier! you have an interesting site there, one with a "sci-fi" feel around it. i will return to read more of your works. :)

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed reading my blog. I try to post at least once a week.( i work in a telco and do shifts too, so sometimes i don't have much time to go on-line). So far so good. :)

30 August, 2007 00:08  
Blogger magiceye said...

all set to entertain the spirits!

01 September, 2007 16:51  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hey magiceye,
actually, the spirits are "entertained". During this month, all over the country, getais, literally meaning "song stages" or concerts are organised to "entertain" and appease these spirits. In the older days, it was chinese operas, but now it has evolved into colourful and bawdy song and dance routines. And the ones truly entertained are those living people in the towns. :)

01 September, 2007 23:35  

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