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The Qing Ming Festival

Past night gave way to All Souls Day,
the Qing Ming Festival, an event
on which we honor our departed
with gifts of food and good intent.

I ponder: Have I died, passed on
to that promised gentle realm?
“Oh, patience man; await your time—“
I hear faint voices speak—and I stay calm,

but find that I am touching hands
with all the dear ones that had gone
on to a better, kinder world—
Still, to their kindred they feel drawn.

A disembodied voice speaks out
while I stand in prayer at one tomb,
and I know--it is my mother’s grave--
as she speaks from the earthen womb:

“From here I rise on All Soul’s Day
to bless my offspring who
honors and respects his ancestors.
I wish, a happy life for you.”

Silver clouds veil the rising moon
that lights the magic Malaysian night,
my mind still dwells on life and death
in my imagination’s flight.

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written for Melinda, a Malaysian friend.
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bit of rhyme. It is not so puzzeling that we have days for celebrating the dead. We have them for celebrating the beginning of our lives. I liked this much, Nice job, and so nice of you to think of your friend with a poem for All Soul's Day. ~ Geez.

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that Qingming festival usually falls on the 4th or 5th of April and it is a lively affair, unlike All Souls Day here in the states. Melinda had my poem published in their Chinese newspaper--but, that's all Chinese to this round-eye. Thanks for reading and commenting. Jerry

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