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There are questions we may never learn

the proper answer for

And wonder in the wondering

beyond each unsealed door


We first must learn to take one step

in order that we may

begin the onward process

which will set us on our way


To paths we find before us

which were never known before

And now we have the answer

Since we opened up the door!



Inspired by the poem, “Is Life But A Dream?”, by Keith Garrett: http://keithgarrettpoetry.com/2016/03/19/is-life-but-a-dream/.



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Perhaps, too,

What I’m seeing is this in you!


In response to the reply of Ogbeni Asaaju O’lag regarding my commentary on his beautiful poem, The Warriors’ Legacy:



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I’m proud of you for being real,

For stating rightly how you feel;

For what you say and what you do,

Inspiring me by being you!





Inspired by the author of the web site:




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The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry

The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry: From Ancient to Contemporary, the Full 3,000-Year Tradition; Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, New York, 2005, and Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto; Edited by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping, copyright 2005 by both, above.

From the Zhou Dynasty (1122-256BCE) to the present century, this work pulls together a good representation of the various styles that evolved over the years, and gives a good glimpse into the times, summing up in quick history the events and feelings of the times in which the poems were written. Some of my favorites from these selections include:

Meng Jiao (Male) (751-814), whose down-trodden style livens his work (unappreciated by some) in the works, “Complaints” and “Song of the Homebound Letter.”

Liu Yuxi (Male) (772-842): His outspoken political poetry caused his repeated exiles and demotions from posts he had attained. “Mooring at Niuzhu at Dusk”, “Black-Uniform Lane” and “Looking at Dongting Lake” are all nice.

Liu Zongyuan (Male) (773-819): Nice imagery drawn in his many styles, he is one of only two Tang Dynasty poets to have been included in “Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song (sic).”

Zhang Ji (Male) (c.776-c.829): Contemporary of Meng Jiao, who helped him obtain employment alongside himself. “Song of a Virtuous Woman” and “Arriving at a Fisherman’s House at Night” are both good.

Yuan Zhen (Male) (779-831): Appreciate a paragraph taken from “Missing Her After Separation.”

Li He (Male) (791-817): Led a very short life, and was mostly unappreciated during his days. I think he’s fantastic. “Twenty-Three Horse Poems” and “Shown to my Younger Brother” are both very nice.

Wei Zhuang (Male) (836-910): Very nice poetry. Beautiful wording, some as simple as simplicity — “To The Tune of Daoist Princess.”

Wang Anshi (Male) (1021-1086): Torturously pulled words beat into beautiful configurations — “Plum Blossoms” and “Late Spring, a Poem Improvised at Banshan” are particularly nice.

Su Shi (Su Dongpo) (Male) (1036-1101): “Boating at Night on West Lake” is nice. “Brushed on the Wall of Xilin Temple” is perhaps an allegory of how one cannot see one’s true self as one is, just as a mountain appears different from where one stands. In “To the Tune of ‘Prelude to the Water Song'”, he notes that the same moon can be shared by people who are even a thousand miles apart.

Other notable poets include:

Yang Shen (Male) (1488-1599): “On Spring.”

Feng Ban (Male) (1602-1671): “A Poem in Jest.”

Huang Zongxi (Male) (1610-1695): “A Stray Poem Written While Living in the Mountains.”

Jiang Shiquan (Male) (1725-1785): “A Comment on Wang Shigu’s Painting Portfolio.”

Zhao Yi (Male) (1727-1814): “In A Boat.”

Wen Yiduo (pen name of Wen Jiahua) (Male) (1899 – 1946): “Miracle” has nice phrasing. Parts of it I didn’t like, as he calls the miracles of nature ordinary, but it seems like he is saying that he can’t help but to cry at the birdsong of orioles. How beautiful.

Lin Huiyin (Female) (1904 – 1955): “Sitting in Quietude” has a dainty feel.

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View with a Grain of Sand…(Wislawa Szymborska)

This book of 100 poems by Wislawa Szymborska won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996. Translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, it is a compendium of selections from books published between 1957 to 1993, previously copyrighted by the poet, with this latest book edition being copyrighted in 1995 by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York.
While the author was born in 1923, the poetry she has written has classical permanence, breaching the effects of time over several decades with regard to the pertinence these poems affect on our present day souls.
Some of my favorites include: Brueghel’s Two Monkeys; Nothing Twice; Rubens’ Women; Coloratura; Bodybuilder’s Contest; Birthday; Psalm; Lot’s Wife; Seen from Above; The Onion; Children of our Age; Into the Ark; and No Title Required.

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For You

Once we were lovers

sharing our love

the way only lovers do

Then something suddenly happened

which kept me away from you

I passed away each lonely night

wishing you were here

I wanted to say I love you

and to show you I still cared

For I was the fool to leave you

and I know deep in my heart

that we were meant to be as one

and never be apart.

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Gum (Randyjw)


This blob of pinkish stuff I so adore

sometimes creates a problem when I’m through

It sticks on homework and on tests galore

it won’t come off; I don’t know what to do!

Monotonous my jaws look to my friends

to see them always going down and up

They wish this sticky habit would soon end,

or seal it o’er my lips so I’d shut up!

One day my habit I did try to stop

I took my gum and threw it all away

I got so sick I started to throw up

I had to chew again, What could I say?

No matter how I try the day won’t come,

when I will ever give up chewing gum!


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