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chinese love poetry, again

sand imagevalentine’s day week … more love … and like every year, a chinese love poem. this time it’s contemporary, by eddie tay

cold wind

there is a cold wind
rising at 3 a.m.,
and here i am
on this furtive pavement of men,
haunting the night for you.

for months, the wine
spilled upon your thigh
was sweet against my tongue,
and i am now shaking
and shaking to learn
more of you.

i think i saw your feet
yesterday morning by the curb;
i know the curve of your heels,
but the sun was rising,
and i was a cold creature
shuffling by the road,
hiding among litters of leaves.

i was afraid
you would forget me,
like the words you forget
when you read,
or the clock you forget
when you glance at it
to check the time.

your face contains for me
an entire dream,
full of secrets of the sea
i long to drink.

among this assembly of crickets,
i think of the centuries
i’ve spent waiting for you
in the tropics, in bodies
of captains, sailors, pirates.

(here are last years’ chinese love poems: chinese love poetry, more chinese love poetry, chinese love peas)

image by jef_safi

chinese love peas

it’s friday: frozen pea day.

what’s that?

two months ago, susan reynolds found out she had breast cancer, and she started posting about it on twitter. all the twitterers flocked around her in a beautiful show of friendship and support.

what about the peas? susan discovered that frozen peas were ideal in helping keep the post-surgery pain down. so she twittered about it. and thus, the humble pea started on its way to becoming a symbol of people fighting cancer online, together.

so a little while ago, frozen pea friday was started. you can donate the price of one, two or more packs of frozen peas to the frozen pea fund, a fund for breast cancer research – but it’s more than that: it’s a show of support, a real YES! to community.

and since it’s chinese new years and i know that my readers enjoy chinese love poetry, here’s a chinese pea love poem by poet, musician and painter wang wei of the tang dynasty:

in southern lands, love peas grow,
sprouting sprigs in time of spring.
pick the peas, i implore you,
seeds of romance they are so.

let me offer you peas of love and support, dear sister susan; may abundant health sprout for you this spring.

(painting by yan li)