A new prose poem, "A Sky That Looked Make-Believe; Buildings That Looked Real" appears in MiPOesias, which also contains a new lyric essay of mine, "the future imagined, the past imagined."
What Is Poetry? Poetry Poem by Laijon LiuPoetry pleases my earsthat words sound in harmony, but not to a foreign tongue.Poetry draws a pictureto invite my eyes, but still puzzles my mind.Poetry blows with wind, in water He flows, shouts in thunders, and bounces as rock in roll.Poetry preserves His truth, in secret codes, simple words, only reveals to the worthy.Poetry sings to my ears, dances in front my eyes, kisses my lips, brings fragrance, that fills my mindand imprints my soul. Poetry does not like as I likeas whenever I use as like wrongly,and it is unfair He usescorrectly all times He does,but I make him to likeas I do like anyway.Poetry tells storiesto company my journey,writes jokesto convert my tragedyinto a comedy,and builds a rainbow bridgewhere my dreamand reality meet.Poetry blinded Homerwith Helen and war,afflicted Catulluswith his love and hate,taught Beowulfhow to fight!Poetry made Li Bai drunkin magical words,brought sorrows to Du Fu,so he spoke in painful tones,convinced Confuciusto collect His wordsas his first book,the Book of Odes.Poetry invited Shakespeareto our glamorous stage,frightened us with the imagein Dante’s hell.Poetry composed Mozartpainted Picasso,dropped an apple on Newton,combed Einstein’s cool hair.Poetry introduced the Taoin Lao Zi,explained the Art of Warin Sun Zi,shared His sufferingswith Buddha,works for Godas the way He wills.I love the poem as Jesus told,He is the Word,and He was a man.He came and left,born in the stable,died on the cross,resurrected in the tomb,condemned and blessed,received and rejected.He is the poetrywho is an only poet.He brings the life,tells the truth,and shows me the way.Water of living,Rock of faith,Promise of hope,Conqueror of love,The Poetry is the Poet.I see poetry on the dirtthat stained the fire fighter’s face.I see poetry on the bloodthat painted the ER angles’ white dress.I see poetry on the gray hairof my elementary school’s teachers.I see poetry on my namethat reminds me a couple’s sacrifice.I see poetry every time,I see my love and soul mate.And I see my poetry running around,growing up, to be a great poemas I always dream.Our image mirrorsin Poetry;Beasts roam,birds flyand fish swimin Poetry.Seeds sprout,grass grow,flowers blossom,plants fruitin Poetry.Sun shinesin the day,Moon and stars lightthe nightin Poetry.Ocean gathered,earth solidifies,and air purifiesin Poetry.The light shinesin Poetry,as the wind blows,as the water flows,the Poet started His Poem.Poetry Poem by Laijon Liu
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