Wednesday, April 3, 2013

NaPoWriMo 2013, Day #3 - mt. vernon, qingming 2013

Day 3. The muse is still alive.

Something personal today.

photo by dsnake1
with a Huawei Ascend

mt. vernon, qingming 2013

every year i am here
with the flowers and incense
to clean your grave
to clean that portrait
in the marble
that had smiled at me
all these years

i do not cry now
perhaps time has helped
but as always
i call your name
sometimes i bring a beer
light a cigarette
do the things we did

the sky today
is a shade of battle grey
yet a sun peeks out
its rays bathing your face
it is time to go then
i hesitate, i touch
that marble again


Notes: During the Qingming Festival, the Chinese people visit the graves and burial grounds of their ancestors, sweep and clean the tombs, and make offerings of food, tea, joss sticks and paper.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ), 2013


Lynn Fisher said...

A lovely tribute Cheong...beautifully written.

dsnake1 said...

thank you, Lynn. :)

Ravenblack said...

Beautiful, and masterfully written. :)

dsnake1 said...

thanks, Liz. :)