Gay Pride Parade: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince”

Gay Pride Parade: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince” #Montreal #PEI #GayPride #FiertéMontréal

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Gay Pride Parade: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince”

Mid-August and the weather turns cool,
The rain falls for three days and three nights,
The cold and the wet
Silences the cicadas,
But the green grass at least is lengthening
Through the cracked concrete steps.
After two weeks at the seaside
Feeling the sun, the wind and the saltwater
On my bare skin,
I am back in Montreal,

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  • #ci #death #Enlightened Nihilism #詞 #词 #gay #Gay Pride #homo #homoeroticism #homosexuality #Jiaosheng Wang #Li Qingzhao #Montreal #pei #poetry #Prince Edward Island #李清照
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Abegweit, You Were My Cradle

Abegweit, You Were My Cradle
(A response to a song by Lennie Gallant)

Abegweit, you were my cradle.
Though the sea eats your red flesh away,
The day will come you’ll be my grave,
Thyme, spruce and bay scented on the waves.

Though the sea eats our red flesh away,
The Man-Born-of-Speech sees his dreams
Of thyme, spruce and bay sent by the waves
To cheat the cradles and rob the graves.

Man-Born-of-Speech, have you ceased your dreams
Of swift hawks eating sweet goldfinches
To feed their cradles and stock your graves
Covered with sparkling morning dew?

Swift hawks eating sweet goldfinches,
The day will come you too will see my grave
Covered with sparkling morning dew 
On Abegweit, cradled on the waves.

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Depth Charge: When I was on Prince Edward Island this summer I went to see Lennie Gallant at the Mackenzie Theatre and one of the highlights of the show was his song “Abegweit,” which featured chanting by Hubert Francis and recounted the Mi’kmaq legend that every night Glooscap, literally “Man [created] from only speech,” slept, dreaming, with Abegweit (now, Prince Edward Island) as his pillow. This pantoum was born of that song and my experiences on the Island this summer.

http://tankawanka.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/abegweit-you-were-my-cradle/ 

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  • #poetry #pantoum #PEI #Prince Edward Island #Lennie Gallant #Abegweit #AGG #Andrew Grimes Griffin
  • 1 week ago

Swimming Nude in Summer Rain

Swimming Nude in Summer Rain #PEI #Tanka #MirroredTanka #Poetry #SkinnyDipping #BloomingPoint #AGG

Swimming nude in summer rain

It comes slanting dark
Across the north shore—warm—wet
Forcing a quick choice
Flee—or strip naked and swim
As the rain shivers the waves

Each drop raised a shining spout
Sparkling bright in the sunlight
From the thin blue band
At the still clear horizon
Of soft pulsing sea

The beach has been cleared
The families and couples
Decided to flee
Leaving me alone in this
Expanse of dancing silver

A gull…

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  • #beach #Blooming Point #cormorants #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #poetry #seagulls #skinny dipping #summer #summer rain
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Brackley Beach: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince”

Brackley Beach: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Complaint Against A Prince” #poetry #PEI #PrinceEdwardIsland #李清照 #詞

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Artemisia flowers
Brown in the heat
Dune grass whispers

As wind ripples the waters
Pushing against
Incoming waves

Cliff swallows shoot high then dive
Swoop low hunting
Other small things

Jellyfish pulse purple trail
Blood-red stringers
Like history

Below the rolling surface
Slender fish mouth
Liquid secrets

A lone heron first rises
Above the dunes
Then drops back down

The gulls could care less…

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  • #AGG #Anne Burke #Brackley Beach #ci #無常 #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #詞 #词 #gulls #herons #jellyfish #Jiaosheng Wang #Li Qingzhao #pei #poetry #Songs about Sex Death and Cicadas #swallows #tankawanka #李清照
  • 3 weeks ago
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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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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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  • #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 weeks 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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  • #AGG #Andrew Grimes Griffin #China #ci #cicadas #無常 #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #醉花阴 #詞 #词 #homoeroticism #homosexuality #Li Qingzhao #Montreal #no-tanka #poetry #so-homo #Songs about Sex Death and Cicadas #summer #winter #writing process #李清照
  • 4 weeks 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 month 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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  • #AGG #Andrew Grimes Griffin #cassia #China #ci #無常 #物の哀れ #Enlightened Nihilism #醉花阴 #詞 #词 #guihua #homoeroticism #homosexuality #Li Qingzhao #Nanjing #no-tanka #Osmanthus #poetry #roses #so-homo #Songs about Sex Death and Cicadas #spring #writing process #李清照 #桂花
  • 1 month ago

Walking home after Le Soir des Monstres

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

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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
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