Denis Mair


Pile Driver (By Yan Li) - Poem by Denis Mair

by Yan Li
(translated by D Mair)

All the slander
The jealousy
All varieties of praise or contempt
All the things people do to each other
Set a pile driver in motion
Pounding pylons for the edifice of happiness
Yesterday I was pounded into bedrock
Another ten feet or so
More weight-bearing strength got driven into me
So the house that will rise on this foundation
Can be a few more stories high
I've thought of a use for the extra floors I build
They can be a museum for pile-driver heads
The biggest of them will be sculpted out of language
Because it has strength
No mechanical device can match

Topic(s) of this poem: endurance, strength, trauma

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Pile Driver (By Yan Li) by Denis Mair

  • (5/5/2018 3:38:00 PM)

    Marvelous, consistent, transcendant (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (5/4/2018 1:12:00 PM)

    As Susan Williams said in her comment, people are people all over the world.Slander, jealousy, praise or contempt , people do to each other everywhere.But what matters is how we deal with those situations. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (4/25/2018 8:25:00 PM)

    Thank you for making Yan Li accessible to the rest of us, Dennis- it is intriguing to read writings from other countries and their culture. It is very intriguing too to see people are people all over the world. (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (4/25/2018 3:31:00 PM)

    An interesting poem. Do we become what others pile on us? No. We are our own minds that have a choice through our own thoughts. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 15, 2018


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