Monday, April 22, 2013

mt. vernon, qingming 2013

It has been a busy week again, plus I am still in with NapoWriMo. This effort is from Day 3.

Photo by dsnake1

mt. vernon, qingming 2013

every year i am here
with the flowers and incense
to clean your grave
to clean that portrait
in the marble
that had smiled at me
all these years

i do not cry now
perhaps time has helped
but as always
i call your name
sometimes i bring a beer
light a cigarette
do the things we did

the sky today
is a shade of battle grey
yet a sun peeks out
its rays bathing your face
it is time to go then
i hesitate, i touch
that marble again


Notes: During the Qingming Festival, the Chinese people visit the graves and burial grounds of their ancestors, sweep and clean the tombs, and make offerings of food, tea, joss sticks and paper.

Shared on Poetry Pantry #147 at Poets United

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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Blogger VaNdAnA ShArMa said...

Heart touching, but hopeful also..

22 April, 2013 23:02  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Vandana. :)

22 April, 2013 23:41  
Blogger Stormcat Poetry said...

I like the tradition. I'd like to participate but never have before. I live so far away.

23 April, 2013 00:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I felt this piece. Lovely.

23 April, 2013 01:47  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

Beautiful feeling in this. Great write.

23 April, 2013 03:23  
Anonymous Lisa Williams said...

This is beautiful! I feel a familiar sadness in your words as it brings to mind the loss of one of my best friends. It does leave me with a feeling of hope though, so nice.

23 April, 2013 07:24  
Blogger Mary said...

This poem is very poignant. I like the idea of this kind of remembering, of doing the old familiar things before touching the marble and going....

23 April, 2013 08:34  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


to the Chinese diaspora, it is a major festival. :)

McGuffy Ann.

thank you! :)




yes, it's sad, but we have to live on.


thank you. unconsciously, we are delaying, as we may want to spend a bit more time before going back to the issues of the day.

23 April, 2013 22:18  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

familiar...the touching of the name on the grave...wanting to feel close last time...and then another the next time...the remembering....nice verse man...

24 April, 2013 18:27  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Brian.
you're right about "wanting to feel close again".

24 April, 2013 20:43  
Blogger Jinksy said...

But remembering can be done at any time, in any place - not just once a year...

26 April, 2013 19:31  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Jinksy, for your comment. :)

True, remembering can be done at any time, any place. what i am describing is a Chinese tradition. It is a time for the living to pay their respects to their dearly departed. It is usually a family affair, when family members gather to clean the graves of their ancestors , to give prayers and offerings.

26 April, 2013 23:06  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

right on target

29 April, 2013 08:20  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, ZQ! :)

29 April, 2013 22:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so touching and so beautiful. My grandmother died around the time I was to give birth to my daughter I couldn't attend the funeral and when I went to visit the grave I couldn't locate it because the funeral home hadn't placed any markers not even the temporary ones. I moved over seas and I feel sort of like I never had the chance to really pay my respects. I think this is a beautiful tradition.

30 April, 2013 02:34  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, mindlovemisery.

so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother.

i think each culture has their own way of remembering their departed. some traditions should be observed, like qingming. it let us remember where we came from.

30 April, 2013 21:26  

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