REINFORCES MY FAITH
a pupil, I used to write poetry in school-time;
grades: three years! hard exams to pass, class to climb.
envelopes, rose paper-nightly
copying and reading fans;
verse: dreamy soul but empty hands!
I used to write poetry on the battlefields smart,
to the enemy’s bullets aimed at our chest, heart.
mixed with blood, the foes on all sides besieging as reef,
by resentment, poetry reinforced my belief!
I used to write poetry in every hard labor camp,
chains and shackles and even starvation, to stamp,
captives’ verse, setting to disgraced inmates’ strains,
to eulogize... the sublime time, superb brains!
used to roll over onto my back on the wooden floor
fire-pouring tole roofs–filled with inspirational core;
the draft was dirty, the verse should be splendid
my muse’s boon after years to abyss descended.
used to be rapt in poetry even at the market stand
awakened when customers called for certain brand;
gave my wife a hand some five hours in the daytime,
a horde of children–hence pages of my rhyme.
here abroad I used to do so while on the work site:
hand parts to assemble, another scrabble to write.
leader asked? “Noting... expenditure, total owned!”
supervisor laughed: “Hello, poet!” and... condoned!
have leaned on my pen entering life with a heart clear
Poetry joins humans’ souls, friends far and near –
through old times from the bottom of mud
to emerge, then have won their calm life-blood.
of poetry continue to increase, multiply every day
faith, carrying sadness and misfortune away.
to submitting myself to fate I have nothing to regret;
to utmost bane, such bit of adversity – no sweat!
nights must pass – morning light will be again bright;
this temporary life’s principle of revolution – firm might!
for to brood on humans’ life while it is so short;
is by myself, why I always continue to court?
endeared national flag and the pages of rhyme
the great inheritance of this fighter poet’s lifetime.
last dream is a flag-covered coffin to return to origination
a cold grave but full of poetry according to my aspiration.