Bryan Thao Worra
Bryan Thao Worra Poems
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There is a famous account of Jiang Yan, an official of the Southern Dynasty. One night, he dreamt a god presented him a wondrous writing brush. From that day forward, his literary talents were beyond compare. When he grew old, the god appeared again as a dream and retrieved the brush. Jiang Yan’s writing was never as brilliant again.
Given a thousand nights,
Can you master even a single word?
Or a dream, a tool, a brain?
Open roads, discover ways,
Flow down a stream, slash at ignorance
With ink and a scrap of paper from a poet’s bag.
Do you ever ...
The spirits enjoy suggesting not everything is written down
Ahead of time.
There are mysteries for everyone without exception
In the secret books and ledgers of the heavens.
On earth, you can change your position and fortunes?
These hopes make life worth living.