No more mourning doves

No more mourning doves #micropoetry #tanka #poetry #PEI #hawks #mourningdoves #crows #bluejays #AGG

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No more mourning doves
Blackbirds blue jays or grackles
Even the proud crows
Now avoid the neighbourhood
Since two hungry hawks moved in

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  • #AGG #blue jays #Charlottetown #Crows #無常 #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #grackles #Hawks #mourning doves #pei #Prince Edward Island
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The Answer Is No

The Answer Is No #micropoetry #tanka #poetry #deathpoem #AGG #Tankawanka

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I wondered whether
The distance from your deathbed
Had stretched far enough,
Had enough slow years fled past
To dry memory of its tears.

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To read Songs about Sex, Death & Cicadas by Andrew Grimes Griffin, just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

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  • #Enlightened Nihilism #Montreal #poetry #tanka #tankawanka #waka
  • 4 days ago

A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Bodhisattva’s Gold Headdress”

A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Bodhisattva’s Gold Headdress” #poerty #gay #HIV #AIDS #LiQingzhao #ci #李清照 #詞

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It is when the world’s erased,
Made blank by a winter storm,
It is then we know,
Beneath the soft, killing snow,
Seeds and eggs and cruel blooms
Plot their spring revanche.
It’s in January’s wind
We first hear the desperate,
Sad and lonely tune
The cicadas will sweetly sing
In the July heat at noon.
This is when we know.

We know happy is the corpse
The rain softly falls upon:
It was warm and wet,

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  • 5 days ago

There’s three bees on a blue sphere

There’s three bees on a blue sphere

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A thin scrap of cloud–
Weak white half moon–pale sky pale
After last night’s storm
There’s three bees on a blue sphere
But only one is moving

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  • 1 week ago

A Response to Yet Another Li Qingzhao “Partridge Sky”

A Response to Yet Another Li Qingzhao “Partridge Sky” #poetry #China #Nanjing #gay #ci #詞 #词 #李清照 #LiQingzhao #AGG #Tankawanka

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A thing delicate, tiny,
Hidden and largely unseen,

Each autumn the cassia
blooms with unforgettable

Scent filling
The darkened
Rooms, sequestered places where

Our love—fragile and doomed—
Dying breathed for us new lives.

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(for MKL, on the 6th anniversary of our parting)

Tune: “Partridge Sky”
To the Cassia Flower
by Li Qingzhao

Fair Flower !
Dark, pale, light yellow in color,
Soft and…

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  • 1 week ago

Walking home after Le Soir des Monstres

Walking home after Le Soir des Monstres #supermoon #Montreal #tanka #poetry #AGG #circus #COMPLÈTEMENTCIRQUE #InternationaldesFeux

20140712 super moon

A super moon hangs
In the distance fireworks
Explode in silence
Muffled thuds following mixed
With unseen fragrant things

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Depth charge: Last night there was a supermoon, or “perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.” It was also my final circus for this year’s Completment Cirque circus festival, Le Soir des Monstres. My walk home happened to coincide with fireworks exploding for…

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  • #AGG #atheism #Completement Cirque #cosmology #無常 #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #International des Feux #Le Soirs des Monstres #perigee #poetry #science #supermoon #syzygy #tankawanka
  • 2 weeks ago

Response to Another of Li Qingzhao’s “Partridge Sky”

Response to Another of Li Qingzhao’s “Partridge Sky” #Montreal #poetry #gay #homoeroticism #LiQingzhao #ci #李清照 #詞

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Days have already begun
To eat themselves and the nights
x     Begun to lengthen,
Making more time for broken
Dreams of panic and regret,
x     But I will not fear
The scented ghost of roses
Dying in red darkness as,
x     Occasionally,
Shadows fill with warm breathing,
Our bodies together—strong—
x     However briefly.

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(for Cutty)

Tune: “Partridge Sky”
Solitude
by Li Qingzhao

The…

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  • #AGG #Andrew Grimes Griffin #China #ci #無常 #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #醉花阴 #詞 #词 #homoeroticism #homosexuality #Li Qingzhao #Montreal #no-tanka #poetry #roses #so-homo #Songs about Sex Death and Cicadas #spring #Summer Solstice #writing process #李清照
  • 1 month ago

Summer Solstice: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Airing Innermost Feelings”

Summer Solstice: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Airing Innermost Feelings” #Montreal #李清照 #poetry #SummerSolstice #词 #詞

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Today’s the longest day of the year;
Here is some of what you missed:
A park full of birdsong
And roses in full bloom.

Tonight’s the shortest night of the year,
Barely time for one broken dream
Of your arms enfolding me before
The scent of roses in full bloom
Troubled the empty dark
Of the open window
With an absence
Of your gentle breath.

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Depth charge:Just a note on the incredible…

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  • 1 month ago

What Possible Pleasures

What Possible Pleasures #Montreal #poetry #DougMcColeman #HIV/AIDS #cancer #grief #love #gay #queer

Doug McColeman 1962 2014

Now that you are tightly held
By everyone’s final lover,
Leaving us to salt our own wounds
In each other’s wanting arms,
I know, I know you said we must
Get past the problems of today
For the enjoyment of tomorrow,
So please, please forgive us our tears
Because right now it is hard to see
What possible pleasures could be
Born of pain so sharp, so dear.

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(In Memoriam, Doug McColeman,…

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  • #AIDS/HIV #Collective Memory #無常 #物の哀れ #death #Doug McColeman #Enlightened Nihilism #Faceboook #friends #friendship #gay #love #memory #neuroscience #Social Memory
  • 1 month ago

A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Picking Mulberry Seeds”

A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Picking Mulberry Seeds” #poetry #Montreal #PEI #LiQingzhao #peony #LocustTree #词 #李清照

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The cut peonies suffer
Fragrant little deaths at night
Drumming drumming—the June rain
Falling falling—in the dark

I do not know who planted
The flowering tree out front
Locust blooms—falling falling
In the rain—drumming drumming

We planted maple saplings
All around our childhood home
Then we moved—back from away
For brief visits—I can see

The maples at least have become
Everything they could and…

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  • #AGG #ci #無常 #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #詞 #词 #Jiaosheng Wang #Li Qingzhao #Locust Tree #Montreal #Peonies #Peony #poetry #pseudo-sonnet #Songs about Sex Death and Cicadas #sonnet #tankawanka #李清照
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