Poem No. 123: “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

Gedichte, poems

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. 
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size 
But when I start to tell them, 
They think I’m telling lies. 
I say, 
It’s in the reach of my arms 
The span of my hips, 
The stride of my step, 
The curl of my lips. 
I’m a woman 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

I walk into a room 
Just as cool as you please, 
And to a man, 
The fellows stand or 
Fall down on their knees. 
Then they swarm around me, 
A hive of honey bees. 
I say, 
It’s the fire in my eyes, 
And the flash of my teeth, 
The swing in my waist, 
And the joy in my feet. 
I’m a woman 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Men themselves have wondered 
What they see in me. 
They try so much 
But they can’t touch 
My inner mystery. 
When I try to show them 
They say they still can’t see. 
I say, 
It’s in the arch of my back, 
The sun of my smile, 
The ride of my breasts, 
The grace of my style. 
I’m a woman 

Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Now you understand 
Just why my head’s not bowed. 
I don’t shout or jump about 
Or have to talk real loud. 
When you see me passing 
It ought to make you proud. 
I say, 
It’s in the click of my heels, 
The bend of my hair, 
the palm of my hand, 
The need of my care, 
‘Cause I’m a woman 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me.

Poem No. 215: “High Flight” (An Airman`s Ecstasy) – by RCAF Flight-Lieutenant John Gillespie Magee Jr. (1922-1941)

Gedichte, poems

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth 
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; 
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth 
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things 
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung 
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, 
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung 
My eager craft through footless halls of air. 
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue, 
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace 
Where never lark, or even eagle flew. 
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod 
The high untresspassed sanctity of space, 
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee Jr. (born in Shanghai; 9 June 1922 – 11 December 1941) was a World War II Anglo-American Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and poet, who wrote the poem High Flight. He was killed in an accidental mid-air collision over England in 1941.

Poem No. 210: “Days Back Then” – by Tunuri

Creatures, Gedichte, Nature, poems

The days back then were great
With very less fear of fate 

The fun was neither in glories
Nor in the gifts we receive
It was in listening to the stories
Which were hard to believe

The Cycle Rides, before the Sunrise 
Catching Fireflies, before the night dies

The magic of the rainbow, while it’s raining
Holding mom, scared of thunder & lightning

Sleeping on the grass gazing at the moon 
Haven’t realized how my childhood ended so soon

Poem No. 209: “I know why the caged bird sings” – by Maya Angelou

Gedichte, poems, Psychologie, psychology

A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange suns rays
And dares to claim the sky.

But a BIRD that stalks down his narrow cage
Can seldom see through his bars of rage
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill for
The caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
And the trade winds soft through
The sighing trees
And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright
Lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.

Poem No. 205: “Before The Breath of Storm” – by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

Gedichte, Nature, poems

Before the breath of storm.
While yet the long, bright afternoons are warm,
Under this stainless arch of azure sky
The air is filled with gathering wings for flight;
Yet with the shrill mirth and the loud delight
Comes the foreboding sorrow of this cry—
“Till the storm scatter and the gloom dispel,
Farewell! Farewell!

Why will ye go so soon,
In these soft hours, this sweeter month than June?
The liquid air floats over field and tree
A veil of dreams;—where do ye find the sting?
A gold enchantment sleeps upon the sea
And purple hills;—why have ye taken wing?
But faint, far-heard, the answers fall and swell—
“Farewell! Farewell!

Postcard No. 137: “Hong Kongers Protests Are Ongoing Despite Of Interim Successes”

Insights, Oddities, Reisen, Travel

Millions of Hongkongers forced the Head of the Government Carrie Lam to finally apologize in public, after the controversial extradition bill had to be frozen in response to the mass protests in Hong Kong.

Nevertheless, the mass protests continue. Hongkongers demand that the bill shall be abolished completely and that Carrie Lam, the first Beijing-loyal Chinese head of government in Hong Kong since July 2017, shall resign.

Critics are warning that Chinese jurisdiction is not independent and often used as political weapon to silence critics and different-minded people.

The former British colony and nowadays special economic zone is governed according to the principle “One-Country-Two Systems as agreed when Hong Kong was returned to China mainland due to the 99 yrs lease term expiry.

In contrast to Chinese citizens Hongkongers still enjoy freedom of opinion, speech and assembly. Hong Kong is also not cut off the worldwide web like China mainland that is isolated behind the so called “Great Firewall”.

Since the rise of China`s first tier cities – like Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou – the former economic powerhouse Hong Kong lost its relevance. Thus, Chinese one-party system seems to be less motivated to maintain the one-country-two-system concept. Consequently, China gradually erases the border to Hong Kong on many levels.

For instance Shenzhen was systematically promoted to diminish Hong Kongs influence over time. Nowadays, Mandarin language is introduced (HK is talking Cantonese), key positions in public admin and economy are filled with people from China mainland, bridges connect HK with China and so on.

Of course, the developments in Hong Kong are regarded as a strong signal to the independent, democratic Republic of China (Taiwan/ Formosa). Beijing insist on questioning the status of Taiwan and claims that Taiwan is part of China mainland, although the country strongly disagree. In fact, Chinese maps already show Taiwan as part of China mainland.

As you might have noticed in other posts, I am German. Imagine Germany would tell Poland that is independent since 1919 due to the Versaille treaty after WWI and the Baltic countries that were lost after WWII ( = former German territories but with different ethnicity) that there independence was just an intermezzo – and that they will be assimilated – no matter if they want it or not.
Keep calm. Of course, Germany do not consider such crazy ideas and enjoy a good neighborhood to all of these countries.
Or think of the incredibly cruel Yugoslavia war no long time ago…
History repeats all over the globe.

Whenever, I take my umbrella, I will think of Hongkong….and my lost pen-friend in HK from childhood days.

One Country-Two Systems
Hong Kong originally was the economic powerhouse of China and gate to the world.
Umbrella Movement – Protests against the Chinese government

Poem No. 22: “The Solution” (Die Lösung) by Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1957)

Gedichte, humor, poems

After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another? 

Insight No. 117: “Why more than 2 mio Hongkongers are protesting?” – International Support – by Asian Boss

Insights, Reisen, Travel

Cit.: “Hong Kong people can think more.
We see things in a different way,
and we`re capable of critical thinking,
instead of simply believing what the government says.”

(Hongkonger citizen)

The extradition bill/amendment allows the Chinese government to further enhance their jurisdictional power into Hong Kong`s own system (guaranteed for 50 yrs according the one country-two systems agreement).
The bill enables countries and jurisdictions – that do not hold any extradition treaty with Hong Kong today – to seek extradition of suspects (including foreigners & transit travelers) of any crime or legal non-compliance.

The protests in Hong Kong are ongoing and are supported internationally due to the fact that more than 50 mio ethnic Chinese are living abroad (Biggest colonies are: Thailand, Malaysia and USA).

No, it is not only about the now controversial extradition bill….

Listen to Hongkongers themselves and find out more…

Hong Kong mothers in Central show their support for the anti-extradition protesters

Imagine if an authoritarian regime expands its jurisdiction and law enforcement power into other countries that are afraid of trade- and other kind of secret wars…and there is no place left to go to….

New York

Singapore & Taiwan

Republic of China, Taiwan

Poem No. 185: “Ocean of Love” – by Raba`a (Iran)

Gedichte, poems
Persian Lady

At last I was recaptured by his love

 Resisting had no effect

Love is like an ocean without a shore

 How can one swim there, oh wise one?

Love must be taken right to the end

 Many unsuitable things must be accepted 

Ugliness must be seen as if it were good

 Poison must be taken as if it were sugar

I was disobedient and did not understand:

 The harder you pull, the tighter the rope.