Poetry: Scenes from China

July 14, 2016 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

By

Sunil Sharma

 

 

I

 

Dragon

 

 

 

Fire-breathing creature.

Myth— for the rest.

Material being—for the Chinese.

It drives them to seek power.

How real is the symbolic in that land!

 

 

 

II

 

Music

 

 

 

In an elegant square

Under a sloping roof

South side

An absorbed man playing the saxophone—

To an invisible audience.

Harmonious notes floating

In the hot evening air

Like birds in a clear sky.

 

 

 

 

III 

 

Square dancing

 

 

 

Same wide square

Same summer evening.

 

Old and young guys dancing.

Music.

Dance.

Community.

Joy of being alive

In a public place—

Uplifting sight!

 

 

 

IV 

 

Back

 

 

 

The birds are back.

On the campus of the Tianjin University.

Seeking nests in the tall trees

Nodding to the wind like buddies.

 

Chirping birds enlivening the academic scene.

Feathered beings— tiny

Breaking into the stratosphere

Like dreams moving up.

 

 

 

V

 

Willow trees

 

 

 

Heavy-lidded

Like a Mongol child

Drooping—

A walrus-like being

The willow trees

Arranged in a series

On a sweeping highway

Waving at the traffic.

 

 

 

VI

 

The moon

 

 

 

Odd!

The moon.

It reminds of home.

It shines identically

On every part of the earth.

Freely roaming.

It needs no visas to visit a crowded and divided planet!

 

 

 

VII

 

Fishing

 

 

 

On the canal

A man bent in a canoe

Fishing quietly

On a still morning.

From the distance— like the hand- scroll painting “Fisherman”

Etched on the waters by the master

Wu Zhen.

 

 

 

VIII

 

Flowers on the desk

 

 

 

Artificial.

The varied bunch

Artistically arranged

In the interlinked patterns.

Zero fragrance.

Stale-free.

Beyond death.

A Huang Gongwang painting

Spread out on a teak desk in a conference hall

Adding vitality and colour to a dull setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunil Sharma

Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma is a widely-published writerHe has already published  14 books: four collections of poetry, two of short fiction, one novel, one a critical study of the novel and co-edited six anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012. Recently his poems were published in the UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree.

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