A Poem for My Mother 2017

If we need to talk about mother’s love
Then yours is everything that is grand, pure and sweet
Which has nourished and lifted me up
Thru all life’s ups and downs

The day I left for the faraway land
You carried one more burden of missing your children
On your slender shoulders
As delicate as the words you wove into poems
And blew across the Pacific ocean

Despite all the burdens and suppression
Imposed upon you by a conservative society
You strove and lived on
Like a lotus rising above the mud
Like a buttercup glowing in the green grass
Like an eagle soaring in the sky

In the chaotic time that we live in
Where the handmaids march on the streets of Texas
And Princess Ida cries again on the stage
For women’s rights to education and independence
You are an exemplar who inspires me
To have a free spirit, an open mind,
And be a strong willed woman

You are honey and hammer to me
And you will always be.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom
And all the mothers of the past,
the present, and the future!

48th Anniversary 

You set foot on an unknown path assuming
It would be lined with roses and poetry
It turned out it was not like honey and nectar
But you went on since it was a fact of life

You endured all the hardships on the way
The days without electricity
The floor flooded with water when it was pouring outside
The allocation of food and water

You lived and dreamed of a brighter future
Sustained by the fruits grown on the path
Oh how fresh and delighted and adorable
You sucked them in and overcame
All the adversities in life.

Happy 48th Anniversary to Mom and Dad!

Us

Santa Cruz - July 2016 ©
Santa Cruz – July 2016 ©

We met somewhere in the movie
Where the Disney princess has unbelievably long golden hair
Which could heal injuries and keep you young forever
I wish I could borrow her hair
To mend my broken soul

We met somewhere among the clouds
Where we were day dreaming about love and life
Until we both fell off to reality
And one of us giggled

We met somewhere at Waikiki beach
Where time was adventurously stretched
And the passage of events were carved
Into layers of our cherished memories

We met somewhere between the lines
When silence became words
And we keep reading and writing our lives
Together all the way

Anniversary 2016

Jul 2016 ©
Santa Cruz, Jul 2016 ©

for S.G.

after Rebecca Hazelton

My husband writes me eloquent haiku

My husband in the backyard
Watering each plant for three minutes
His kind spirit communicates to the roses, the apples,
the avocados, the bougainvillea

My husband surrounded with thyme, basil,
tomatoes, parmigiano cheese
Cooking chicken parmigiana in the kitchen
Remembering his beloved Italian-born father

My husband carefully checking the beams, measuring the paintings
Gracefully hung up The Kiss, the Terrace of a Cafe at Night

My husband washes my car
The soap bubbles sparkle with his pure love, his thoroughness
Also washes away my insecurities, my inferior feelings
Revealing my true colors in a rainbow spectrum

My husband gazes at me with his soulful blue eyes
Which forever sends me to ecstasy.

Sometimes

Photo Art by Temy Hoang

Sometimes the sky is so blue
It embodies all hopes in the universe

Many a time the joy is so overwhelming
You even find your competitors pleasant

Once in a while the pain is so unbearable
No tears can ever relieve it

At times you come across a poem so deep
Not one individual soul can ever grasp it

Forever you are so beautiful
I can never love any one else in like manner

Where the River Flows to the Ocean

Mendocino, where the river flows to the ocean
Mendocino, where the river flows to the ocean – Aug 2016

Where the river flows to the ocean
The beginning and the end intertwine
Life goes full cycle and meets death
Day ends to start night
Yet the life force is eternal
Like the day you said
You love me
Forever….

Mendocino Aug. 2015
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I re-posted this piece and added a new picture I took of the Big River beach on account of my recent trip back to Mendocino.