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by Guido Monte and Adele Ward


Multilingual Poetry





Pic: "Angela" - © 2014 by Pippo Zimmardi - Size: 22k
© 2014 Pippo Zimmardi



(Swans - June 30, 2014)  


e altri sopportano tutte le miserie
and others bear all calamities
yatra na anyat pashyati
where we cannot see each other

but eugenio said:
if someone dies,
it doesn't matter to anybody,
provided that he's far and unknown

immortalia ne speres
monet annus

do not hope for immortal things,
horace whispers


Hatred will never let you face
the beast in man,
in this saha world of dukkha,
tragic with suffering,
but if you die with karuna
you are a torch to light the way.

Life is a process of burning:
the eyes are burning,
the nose is burning,
the body is burning
with tinh, khi and thân,
the three sources of energy.

When Sister Nhat Chi Mai
immolated herself in Vietnam
she recorded a poem for her parents:

"Even as they strike you down
with a mountain of hatred and violence
like a worm,
even as they dismember and disembowel you,
remember brother, remember,
man is not our enemy."



Collage: Angela by Pippo Zimmardi (2014).

Adele Ward is a poet, novelist, and co-owner of Ward Wood Publishing in London. Credits for Adele's poem: Lines 1-2 and the final verse are from a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh which has inspired these verses; 'Life is a process of burning' is a line from Thich Nhat Hanh's book For a Future to be Possible; karuna=compassion; lines 2-4 in verse 2 are from Buddha's Fire Sermon; tinh=sexual energy; khi=breath energy; thân=spirit energy.


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