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Feb 10 · 228
HOMESICKNESS
William Marr Feb 10
suffering from homesickness
he returns to his homeland
returning to his homeland
he suffers from homesickness

there’s nothing he can do about it
there’s nothing he can do about it
Feb 10 · 268
A DREAMLESS NIGHT
William Marr Feb 10
From every angle
I tried to capture your bright smiles
for a colorful dream

Overexposed
the images overlapped
and I had a sweet dark sleep
till dawn
Jan 22 · 481
THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO
William Marr Jan 22
every marble column stands *****
reaching to heaven

day after day tourists
gather in front of the temple
to hear young guides
give the oracle
Jan 21 · 239
BETWEEN BLUE AND GREEN
William Marr Jan 21
the horizon knows
embracing the sky and sea
is the only way
to broaden itself

the sole reason
for being
Dec 2020 · 132
A FOGGY MORNING
William Marr Dec 2020
misty sky
misty earth
misty eyes
misty mind
all help to form a charming
misty poem

suddenly
a scene on the TV screen
of yelling cursing crowds
with a clear dividing line
of

black       and       white
red       and       blue

tore the poem
into
pi  e  c      es
Dec 2020 · 147
THE TINNITUS SYMPHONY
William Marr Dec 2020
at the very beginning
a bass horn hummed from the left ear
merging with the shrieking violin from the right
climbed to the mountaintop
then howling and roaring
together they rushed down and swept across the wilderness
soon they were scooped up and held in midair
waiting for the conducting baton
to drop
Dec 2020 · 222
SHADOWS
William Marr Dec 2020
noticing the sky has raised its eyebrows
and darkened its face
the shadows stop
their singing and dancing
and vanish
without a trace

leaving the dark ***** business
to poets and fools
to explore
and expose
Dec 2020 · 158
WEATHER VANE
William Marr Dec 2020
it does not know
which direction to point
so many mouths
so many opinions

the whole afternoon
sitting on my neighbor's roof
it just keeps vacillating
and whining

the whole afternoon
I have been waiting
for it to find a foothold
and to point its spearhead of anger
directly at the heart
of the storm
Dec 2020 · 158
THE LITTLE BIRD
William Marr Dec 2020
Having a cold
fighting with the wife
blinded by the sun
excuses are abundant

Yet this little bird
sings the morning
into gold
Dec 2020 · 216
ECHOING WALL, BEIJING
William Marr Dec 2020
One answer
to each call

Happy and content
though the faint voice I hear
is from my worldly self

not from God
Dec 2020 · 251
PANDEMIC DAYS
William Marr Dec 2020
scissors! rock! paper!

seeing his right hand
can now play games
against his own left hand
and his two eyes
without any tutoring
can wink at each other

this homebound pupil
in the depths of loneliness
ecstatically opens his mouth wide
and sings loudly
a triumphant song
to himself
Dec 2020 · 197
MORNING
William Marr Dec 2020
drawing open the curtains
he pleasantly finds
in the bright sunshine
the maple he planted years ago
dressed in splendid green
still stands *****

the world is alive
and well
Dec 2020 · 86
UNDERWEAR
William Marr Dec 2020
Last line of defense
against nakedness

Retreat !
Dec 2020 · 224
KISSING
William Marr Dec 2020
It makes no difference
your lips kissing my lips
or my lips kissing yours

What is important
is that we still have something to say
to each other
and try to say it
well
Dec 2020 · 137
A STAR-STUDDED WORLD
William Marr Dec 2020
Soap operas
of real people and real events
every day
from every corner of the earth
fight ferociously
for a ******
Hollywood
shot
Dec 2020 · 86
BAHAMAS
William Marr Dec 2020
the water so green
the cloud so white
the sky so blue

no rambling tour guides
no scattered ruins

here
every blade of grass
every blooming flower
every towering tree
is original
and pure

here
nothing is ugly or even unattractive
everywhere is bright and transparent
there's no place to hide
Dec 2020 · 241
A WINTER STORY
William Marr Dec 2020
Bitter cold
no flames of war
can warm

Shielding an old man
from the streaming bullets
the dying tree
watches with pity
a dying man
chop down
one of its blackened limbs
stagger
and drag it
into another ash dark night
Sep 2020 · 285
NOW THAT AUTUMN IS HERE
William Marr Sep 2020
now that autumn is here
it's hard to avoid
biting insects and pecking birds

but he finds it impossible to moan
no sooner has a wound opened up
than it's filled with sweet juice
Sep 2020 · 274
AT THE DINNER TABLE
William Marr Sep 2020
bloated by famine in Ethiopia
the stomach must now digest
a TV commercial
of delicious cat food
cholesterol free
Sep 2020 · 179
THE NEGATIVE WORLD
William Marr Sep 2020
Beating gongs and drums

they celebrate light
in a world
where black
is white
Jul 2020 · 176
A PROMISING MORNING
William Marr Jul 2020
I don’t care what the weatherman says
this is a promising morning

here and there
I see piercing birdcalls
making slits
long and short, wide and narrow
on the black sky
to let light in
Jul 2020 · 118
THE STORY OF TWO DOLPHINS
William Marr Jul 2020
now
your mouths must stay away
from this big bowl
and go to the ocean
to assume your own responsibility

or to another shore
to make lots of money
that will stuff up your pockets
and your souls
and let your heads stay forever in the hothouse
so well-fed and well-clad
that you won't have to think of today
or tomorrow

*Before an experiment on dolphin communication with humans was terminated,  scientists had to train the two dolphins that were used in the experiment so that they could survive in the ocean.
Jul 2020 · 392
FEET AND WHEELS
William Marr Jul 2020
you slow feet that walk step by step

be quiet and move aside



make way for the wheels in fast approach

blowing horns and puffing black smoke
Jul 2020 · 255
DAYBREAK
William Marr Jul 2020
a pair of birds making love on the branch
shake down an innocent leaf

smack! with the slap of a huge palm
a newborn utters its first cry
while the exhausted moon shuts her eyes
to the sun’s ever reddening face
Jul 2020 · 206
SUN UMBRELLA
William Marr Jul 2020
competing with the sunny world for glory
you prop up a flowery umbrella
a little sky of your own

then you turn your head around
and with a sweet smile
scorch a pair of eyes
hidden behind
a sunglasses
Jul 2020 · 148
STILL LIFE
William Marr Jul 2020
standing by the window
an emaciated vase
is singing a sentimental ballad
while tearing down
from its heart
petal by petal
the withered
love
William Marr Jul 2020
from hearing the word flying
to
thinking of flying
to
longing to fly
to
learning to fly
to
flapping her wings

she finally
soared high into the sky
amid the applause and cheers

that was when she realized
the immensity
of the universe
Jul 2020 · 105
FRIENDSHIP
William Marr Jul 2020
you wave your hand
without glancing back
walk towards the horizon
becoming a tiny dot
and disappear

with a heavy heart I turn around
yet find you right there

by my side
May 2020 · 763
ON NOVEL CRONA STREET
William Marr May 2020
unmasked
big eyes
of glass windows

staring
at a sea
of emptiness
May 2020 · 150
SONG OF THE HOMELESS
William Marr May 2020
Vastness belongs to the oceans
emptiness, the sky
chill, the bones
hunger, the stomach

and the bodies
stretched out or bent
face up or face down
belong to the streets
May 2020 · 226
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK
William Marr May 2020
here
everything seems so natural
so straightforward
as if there were no oppression
bending or twisting
in this world

innocent hands
all joyously stretching
to reach the sky
May 2020 · 119
COO COO COO
William Marr May 2020
it must be a childhood playmate
calling from outside the window
with a soft low voice
coo coo coo
waking me up early in the morning

a partridge
a dove
a lingering owl
or you
a tired wanderer on the earth
returned to play
hide-and-seek
Mar 2020 · 244
WASTEBASKET
William Marr Mar 2020
with mouth wide open
it’s now ready
to spew in your face
the trash of life
it has long
swallowed
Mar 2020 · 579
PAINTING
William Marr Mar 2020
pin you down like a butterfly
on a sheet of paper
with the tip of the pen
of reality

see if you can still smile
Mona Lisa
Mar 2020 · 208
SONG OF A RAINDROP
William Marr Mar 2020
SONG OF A RAINDROP

the closer to the ground
the faster my heart beats
life has barely begun
it now has to end

even if the wind suddenly changes
or there comes a hurricane
I am sure I won't be blown far

no glow of fire
no howling
no ground-shaking explosions
the world
with a tearful eye
watches me
descend
Mar 2020 · 674
GENESIS
William Marr Mar 2020
God said                                  Satan said
Let there be light                      Let there be shadows
and there was light             and there were shadows

God said                                  Satan said
Let there be mountains                      Let there be valleys
and there were mountains             and there were valleys

mountains of light                     valleys of shadows

God said                                   Satan said
Let there be humans                        Let there be beasts
and there were humans              and there were beasts

God said                                   Satan said
Let there be beasts                         Let there be humans
and there were beasts                    and there were humans

humanly beasts                             beastly humans
Mar 2020 · 191
SELF-PORTRAIT
William Marr Mar 2020
is this me?
i asked

this is me
you answered
Mar 2020 · 399
AUTUMN LEAVES
William Marr Mar 2020
Every leaf
helps
thicken
the carpet
&
soften
   (
   )
   (
the
   )
   (
fall
Feb 2020 · 182
MIDNIGHT
William Marr Feb 2020
with its constant stirring
the long pendulum
of the grandfather clock
finally thickened the time
and hypnotized grandfather to sleep

then at zero hour
it started to beat the war drum
**** **** **** **** .....
on a sleepless young man's chest
Feb 2020 · 118
THE STATUE IN THE PARK
William Marr Feb 2020
standing like this
(they call it immortality)
with a frozen smile and ponderous medals
is more barbaric
than lying in state
with a red rose on my chest

at dawn, two lovers awakened at my feet
and began reciting the beautiful engraved lies
between kisses and laughs
there was a sharp pain in my chest
at the very spot where the first ray of light hit
at the very spot where they pinned the red rose
William Marr Feb 2020
a heart as cold and hard

as an iceberg


our warning hot air

is nothing to him

but a passing breeze
Feb 2020 · 310
VOLCANO
William Marr Feb 2020
seeing the wounds and scars

humans had caused on his body

he shook uncontrollably

and finally opened his mouth

boom!

to let out his burning anger
Jan 2020 · 168
TREVI FOUNTAIN
William Marr Jan 2020
I saw you in Roman Holiday years ago
but you are much thinner now
today is Monday
both you and your master have a day off
the sea horses make no waves
nor the Triton and the chariot

Wishing for a happy return
I stand with my back toward you
as done in the movie
and quickly toss
three five-hundred-lira coins

Hoping they won’t devalue too badly
before they hit bottom
When I visited Rome in 1992, Italy was in the middle of great depression
Jan 2020 · 146
AT THE MOUNTAINSIDE
William Marr Jan 2020
I met a little boy at a mountainside
who was quick to laugh and cry
tears had hardly rolled down his cheeks
when a sweet smile bloomed at his mouth

there was nothing purer than his sparkling tears
nothing more beautiful than his angelic face
I understood the intention of the Creator
and was moved by the child’s innocence

I stared at him with a deep feeling
warmth flooded my heart
tears of gratitude welled up in my eyes
when I looked again    he was gone
My very first poem, written in 1956 in Taiwan
Jan 2020 · 111
NEW AND OLD
William Marr Jan 2020
with every step
the pretentious
new shoes
jeer
at the memory
of
the old
Jan 2020 · 307
CHINESE NEW YEAR
William Marr Jan 2020
Maybe it’s the only way
to pop the dud days of the gone year
like popcorn

yet in lighting a string of firecrackers
hands that survived bullets and shells
still tremble uncontrollably
as if facing a fierce enemy
1/25/2020 was the Chinese New Year Day
Jan 2020 · 108
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
William Marr Jan 2020
all old resolutions
fall with the crystal ball
during the Times Square countdown
----5--4--3--2--1--
0

YES

0
the best number
to start the new year

a shiny newborn balloon
pure and innocent
rises with joy amid magnificent fireworks
carrying no new prejudices
or old hatred
Jan 2020 · 223
SHADOW
William Marr Jan 2020
it never favors one over the other
regardless of skin colors --
white, yellow, brown or black
  
not even the most discriminating eye
can find any bone
to pick with
Jan 2020 · 100
YOU ARE A HERO
William Marr Jan 2020
-- in memory of Senator John McCain

after surviving a POW camp in Vietnam
you return to your country

YES! YOU ARE A HERO

after surviving the prison
of endless human hatred and conflicts  
you return to Heaven

YES! YOU ARE A HERO
Jan 2020 · 299
2020
William Marr Jan 2020
during this year
you'd better not
think one thing
say another
do something else

we all can see right through you
with our perfect vision --
20/20
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