Ordinary Things

Ordinary Things

I will not need a hammer

to make a yogurt

I may need a loom

to weave a tapestry

To find lost civilizations

I have to dig hard and deep

The ordinariness of routines,

struggle and perseverance

The devoted hours of monks:

prayers, sleep, work

I will have to master my hands

may not need a trowel or shovel

to work my way through

to find a needle, diamond, or poem

hidden inside a haystack.


It’s a wonderful moment today when I saw see this photo from the shortlisted photographs of a Sony Photography Competition in My Modern Met website.


Synergy of Humanity” by Eng Chung Tong, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Culture (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. “A humanity view of one of the minorities tribes in Yunnan going about their daily working life. Teamwork, coordination, and cooperation are essential for efficiency otherwise it will be chaos. An impression of once upon a time in Yunnan.”

see the link: here

Small things

You are watching a baby crawling
Beaming with vigor and joy
You remember your own enthusiasm
And struggles for achievement.

Discerning obstacles when stranded
You continue to gather firewood
Soon the restless sky will settle
You can build a fire and warm your hands.

You want to acquire silent wisdom
Of observation. You pause and nod
You want to have a clear view,
An understanding for small things.

There are places of encounter:
Between stories of strangers,
Words arranged in folded newspapers,
To start a poem or a new relationship.