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George Freek: Pointless Worry


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/eodA_8CTOFo) 14.08.2022.



AUTUMN AFTERNOON (After Tu Fu)


Those distant clouds

will soon be overhead,

bringing cold rain or snow.

The flowers are dead.

I watch the squirrels

gather food for winter.

Do they know life is short?

Do they stare at the stars

and think of eternity?

As nature grows harsher,

they scamper frantically.

As they gather their nuts,

I envy their frenzy.

They can’t stop to

worry or repine.

The pointless worry is mine.



THOUGHTS ALONG THE SHORE (After Chu Hsi)


A breeze rustles the leaves

at the edge of the bay.

On the lake a loon calls,

from very far away.

The lake is now a calm desert,

but tonight a strong wind

will blow. Waves will beat

like furious fists against

the rocks. I feel this anger

is more real than the calm.

It’s also nature’s realm.

My friend says we must

look for the good.

Forgive me, my friend.

I watch a worm,

stranded in the grass,

struggling in agony,

to simply reach

its predetermined end.

I leave it alone,

and slowly walk home.



ON THE BANKS OF THE BLUE RIVER (After Mei Yao Chen)


A goose floats on the river,

so near I could touch him.

In an ugly mood, he honks at me.

On this wind-blown day,

leaves fall, denuding the trees.

I can’t see that wind,

but I feel its chilling breeze.

We only know what

we can see. But who sees

the atoms in a cup of tea?

Life is an unknown quantity.

Fat clouds drift insouciantly,

then disappear. The river

wanders ambiguously,

until it’s finally swallowed

by the distant sea. I gaze

at it with querulous eyes,

And see confusion,

but that is only me.

and I’m just a momentary illusion.


About the Author: George Freek's poetry appears in numerous Journals and Reviews. His poem " Written At Blue Lake" was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His collection "Melancholia" is published by Red Wolf Editions.


 

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