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      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.
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-- 5.12 Earthquake in Sichuan


Despairing cries float

in the dusty air, piercing my ears –

a cruel replay of a thirty-two year old



Out of concrete debris

a blood-stained arm reaches,

a hand is held tight

by a hand outside.


On the rubble, backpacks

queued up, waiting silently

for the bell ring, for the

class to start.


Tucked in the swaddle,

a text message vibrates -

baby, if you can be alive, remember

mom love you!


Like an eagle, he spreads his body

over four students, they are survived.

From the far sky, a humming voice lingers:

taking my wings, off you fly.


The TV is turned off, I see myself

on the screen with a blank stare.

My words are no words,

tears no tears.



( A year after the China Earthquake, I dug this poem up, revised it, but it is still not to my satisfaction. I'm stuck. Need desperate help. Thanks in advance.)

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What a pleasant surprise! Especially, when it is not expected. A treasure to keep. Yes, it helps me to understand my own poem through your reading.


A million thanks.



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