Spring Season

March 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

I walk gently in spring’s daze.

The flowers bloom; the swallows soar.

Nature’s beauty is gleefully in tow,

Only to wither in volatile winds.

~All poems are archived at STORYTERRA.COM

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Nostalgia for the Jungle

March 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

Long live days of yore!

Lush green, thick vines,
What a beauty!

Free to roam,
Roar without qualms.

Some days full,
Some days starved.

O what a life!
Was it a dream?

How I long for days foregone.

~~~~~

Once a king of the jungle,
now a hapless prisoner
befriending stoic cats,
neighboring petty bears.

How I loathe those curious eyes
treating me like a toy,
a visual spectacle.

How I loathe those arrogant souls
wanting to be my equals,
taunting me at every turn.

How I loathe Nature’s wannabes:
the static scenery, well-trimmed grass & misplaced rocks.

To whomever brought me to this land:
give me back my dignity.

Set me free!

~All poems are archived at STORYTERRA.COM

Country Lad

March 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

Here comes a young country lad,
walking down the street.
His hair is messy; his pockets are empty.
But why is he looking jolly, I wonder?

Dear lad:

Would you share your secret of happiness
for two cows, ten bells and eight sheep?
The lad smiles and sways his head.

How about a bag of gold and a sweet Harley ride?
The lad smiles and sways his head.

How about ten acres of land?
How about a house with a view?
The lad smiles and sways his head.

My chicken sandwich is all I have left.
Would you trade your secret for it?

The lad nods and smiles.

~All poems are archived at STORYTERRA.COM

Tales of Daji – Episode 4

March 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

Duke Wen and his eldest son Yikao visited the imperial capital to pay tribute to the emperor. Daji took a romantic interest in the handsome Yikao, but was coldly rejected. It happened that the emperor was envious of Wen, who was widely admired for his virtues. Daji took advantage of this rift to plot her revenge. She falsely accused the son of making advances toward her. The emperor believed her words and hastily executed the young man without giving him a chance to profess his innocence.

When Duke Wen learned of his beloved son’s demise, he was drowned in sorrow. However, he dared not to complain for that would be treasonous against the emperor. Wen’s muted response agigated Emperor Zhou, because he was looking for an excuse to get rid of him as well. Daji offered the emperor a scheme to trap the duke.

“Your majesty, invite him to an imperial banquet and stealthily serve him a dish made from his son’s flesh. If he refuses to eat it, you can frame him for treason. If he eats it, spread words around the empire that he ate his son’s flesh. Either way, his virtuous reputation will be shattered.”

~All stories will be archived at STORYTERRA.COM

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