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  • #76
    Once I was
    and wanted to be
    now
    I am
    here
    a smile
    a realization
    a blessing shared.


    [Translated from German]
    Andrea
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    • #77
      Wow, it's amazing. I keep worrying that Sifu Wong is going to retire before I get a chance to learn from him, and here he is offering courses in exchange for poems Too good to be true!

      Well, in the spirit of fun (and maybe some hopefulness) I have penned several attempts as a beginner, though I have done some research. Here is one that I've just completed. The triplet is a more traditional form of poetry which is basically three rhyming lines grouped together. My attempt was inspired by the advice of past masters, Sifu Wong, and the buddhist teachings I hope you have fun trying to decipher them:


      Loosen up thy knees
      All worries dismiss
      Delightful practice

      Hateful acts desist
      All the love insist
      Baneful thoughts release

      Reckless gain resist
      A heart filled with bliss
      Metamorphosis
      Last edited by wonderlusterer; 8th September 2015, 03:32 PM.

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      • #78
        GERMAN poem from Maruta

        Everyday things

        To notice and say yes
        say yes to what is

        to everyday things
        to change
        to letting go

        To leave it
        leave it as it is
        to notice and give some space

        To be at one
        at one with everyday things
        with the past
        with the tales
        with change
        with letting go.


        Writer: Maruta / Martha Maderthaner
        Translation: Angelika Stallhofer
        Original language: German
        Sifu Leonard Lackinger

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        • #79
          GERMAN poem from Silvia

          A Souls Transition

          We touch the walls of time.
          Take with us the dust on our hands
          and enter into the next existence.
          Weightless, like dazzling pearls
          on a string our past lives are united with us
          in the here and now.
          Unreachable in the sea of memory
          they are haunting our dreams, susurrating, whispering,
          gliding through ruins of the darkness.
          Moulding to the chalice of truth
          handed to us for the last stage.
          The stage of eternity.


          Writer: Silvia Hablecker
          Translation: Sifu Leonard Lackinger & Sifu Andrea Zilio
          Original language: German
          Sifu Leonard Lackinger

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          • #80
            GERMAN poem from Dorit

            Un-veil

            A veil... a veil around me... all veiled
            The tightest veil I know is my body.

            So tight, it is like myself,
            and then, when my life has ended,
            buried with me in hard soil
            dissipating and passing.

            But not the veil I am
            how tight it may be
            I will tear it

            going to un-veil myself
            wafting in afar wideness
            in lightest being


            Writer: Dorit
            Translation: Dorit, Sifu Leonard Lackinger & Sifu Andrea Zilio
            Original language: German
            Sifu Leonard Lackinger

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            • #81
              Teka-Teki

              Hi everyone!

              This time, being from Malaysia myself, I'd like to share a bit of Malaysia's rich culture through a form of traditional Malay poetry known as teka-teki. "teka" translates into "guess", and "teki" is a matching word to accompany it. It loosely means "guessing game", or "riddle", and is often written in an autobiographic manner where the user drops hints from the perspective of the subject of the riddle. Instead of penning it in the Malay language, for our benefit (mine too, since English is my first language), I have written it in English.
              Here goes:

              While lady luck you may have caught,
              Abuse and misuse me surely not.
              For the wise much joy I've brought,
              For the foolish, only distraught.

              Ans: Wealth

              Best to stand like ripe gold wheat,
              While my mood is still upbeat.
              So you'll stand like corn so sweet,
              When my strength is all deplete.

              Ans: Status/Fame

              There is a saying in Malay, "Baik membawa resmi padi daripada membawa resmi jagung". It means, best to be like wheat/paddy, which stoops (humbly) the more it grows, than like corn, which grows straight and tall (arrogantly).

              Regards,
              Daniel
              Last edited by wonderlusterer; 10th September 2015, 02:56 PM.

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              • #82
                Pantun

                Hi,
                To continue, here's another form of light hearted traditional Malaysian poetry that I think readers can enjoy. Pantun, is an often 4-lined poem where the first and third, and the second and fourth lines rhyme. The first two lines are often just poetic and does not carry much meaning, usually depicting scenes of traditional Malaysian lifestyles, or even magical fantasies. The following two lines aim to depart moral values, life lessons, and other teachings. This was an important part of education back when schools were not widespread and most lessons were passed on orally. Pantuns are usually sang in a tune (modern ones even having choruses!)

                Vermillion dragon swims through water,
                A precious duck swims through the lotus,
                By and by, don't sigh, it gets better,
                We are strong even at our lowest.

                Right hand sweeping a thousand armies,
                Left single whip saves the emperor,
                Past present future many stories,
                This life is a greatest adventure.

                A white snake shoots poisonous venom,
                Beautiful maiden looks at mirror,
                Challenges and setbacks are welcome,
                When we get there we cross the river.


                I have modelled my poem to the tune of Rasa Sayang's (although not really a pantun) verse, you may listen to a version of it below.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQnSM7_kssM

                For those wondering, yes, I have used very simple fun forms of Malay poetry, but there are many "grown up" forms which are much more intricate and "serious toned", such as gurindam and syair, which I don't feel so well equipped to elaborate on

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                • #83
                  Blessings of Change

                  From immortal streams
                  Come vivid scenes
                  Of my mortal schemes
                  Not yet caught-up
                  To my immortal dreams

                  Before this new blessing
                  I saw but saw not
                  After I stopped stressing
                  The shame I forgot

                  Now every morning
                  The choice is my own
                  To heed the good warning

                  Or go on alone
                  Toward that old temptation

                  Missing, for good, the ultimate revelation

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                  • #84
                    Try

                    My first poem ever, if that's what it is

                    At the start of the course
                    I feel like a beginner
                    I'm struggeling with the moves
                    You can do it, be a winner
                    There is nothing here to loose

                    No one cares about a show
                    So i'm loosening up & go with the flow
                    My moves grow smoother, my heart is getting light
                    Punch, sweep, step, kick, right, left, right
                    Faster & faster, I can put up a fight

                    We share learning, energie & fun with others
                    Talking and laughing is a very important part
                    What matters are my masters, sisters & brothers
                    & we're going home with big smiles from the heart



                    hope you enjoy
                    Sarah

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                    • #85
                      Spanish Poem

                      Andrew has been kind enough to take the time and translate my poem. And he did an amazing job with it.
                      So here is the poem. Thank you Andrew!


                      They burned everything,
                      leaving nothing more than ashes
                      above and below the rocks.
                      And yet we still exist,
                      beyond all the temples,
                      with the world as our new temple.
                      The tree was torn limb from limb,
                      the flowers ripped away and thrown far
                      so they would sink into forgottenness.
                      But the pollen and the fruits were taken to the South,
                      beyond the borders of the kingdom,
                      beyond all the coasts and the oceans,
                      beyond time - devourer of all.
                      And the fruits gave their seeds to a new land
                      and from the pollen we birthed new life.
                      We’re no longer monks, but we carry
                      the code and the lineage.
                      With our hearts open like a sky without clouds
                      we spread joy and goodness throughout the world.
                      To the East, far to the East we don’t hide,
                      a new Patriarch has opened the treasure chest.
                      Heaven and its Immortals accompany him,
                      while beneath him the family grows.
                      This is the will of the Cosmos,
                      with its blessings to all.


                      Writer: Davy
                      Translater: Andrew R.
                      Original Language: Spanish
                      Last edited by Davy; 14th September 2015, 06:52 AM.

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                      • #86
                        Resonating .. The
                        flow and growth of expanding
                        change starts here, now
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                        • #87
                          Beautiful Changes

                          The beginning was dim those seven years ago
                          I was flustered and red an in overload
                          My body was sad and my heart it was dull
                          My head was a mess and I didn’t know love

                          All I ever wanted was to be normal and kind
                          To myself and to others who gave me there time
                          I just wished with my heart that god would give me a sign
                          Please help me I said I’m having an awful time

                          My wish it was answered when I looked on the web
                          I read of Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung and all that was said
                          I drove my van to the gleneagle that day
                          My head it played tricks, I didn’t want to stay

                          Thankfully I pushed myself through the door
                          And opened my life to all that was there to explore
                          The most compassionate Sifu passed on the skills
                          That would change my life, my heart and my ills

                          Now the years they have passed with so many blockages
                          that I have had to explore
                          I even rolled around like mad on the floor
                          The fun I have had as the chi it would flow
                          God’s grace and love entered through the open door

                          The skills I have been given are just amazing to be told
                          The fun and the craic and the stories are ten fold
                          All I can say is thank you to god
                          To Sigung and Sifu I owe you my heart

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                          • #88
                            Changed Forever

                            What is compassion?
                            What is love?
                            How does it change us?
                            How does it guide us to god above?

                            Where do we find peace when we are down?
                            Where do we find love when we have a frown?

                            A raindrop flows down the window and I see distant galaxies and lands
                            A connection guides me to a smile and I feel it all as it flows past my mind

                            My heart is at one
                            I change from a man into my heart and I visit god and back to man again changed forever

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                            • #89
                              Ooops

                              When this first came into my head it was "happens" not "starts". I tried to edit the original post but that wasn't possible. So, I will post it again. Not a big change but I prefer it as it originally came.

                              Resonating .. The
                              flow and growth of expanding
                              change happens here, now
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                              • #90
                                Healing Transformations

                                Why should birth
                                But once alight
                                To grace our spirit
                                With its light
                                When endless Shaolin meditation
                                Anoints with fearless liberation
                                The spirit swirling through its changes
                                As God's sweet grace all rearranges
                                Leaving not a single spot
                                As every blockage is forgot

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