Cigeng Zhang

Gold Star - 14,333 Points (China)

The Day By The Fogged Lake - Poem by Cigeng Zhang

The Monk Lake looked ghostly in the chilly fog
All was misty grey but the broken ices on lake
Silvery pieces floated on the surface of the lake
Icing duckweeds rattled into the diffuse smog
Numberless lights were engulfed by the fog
Who did know when a sunny flow to return to the lake?

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Comments about The Day By The Fogged Lake by Cigeng Zhang

  • Mary Fratesi (12/18/2015 3:52:00 PM)

    Beautiful ~ (Report) Reply

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  • Daniel Brick (12/4/2015 3:46:00 AM)

    Not only is the lake frozen but so is the poet: she keeps her emotions tightly inside, or perhaps emotions themselves are frozen by this wintry day. Your poem has sharp, clear images of the natural setting - it's the hallmark
    of Chinese poems as the many translated by Xu Yuanzhong attest. Perhaps you are surprised that I even mention
    the absence of emotion. Or is emotion implied but I don't grasp it? Your poem puts me in a Taoist frame of mind: it quiets me inside, then I look out my window and see my small lake not yet frozen but definitely cold and empty of people.This is the first poem of yours for a whole month! Your Muse is once again active in your life!
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    Cigeng Zhang (12/7/2015 8:49:00 PM)

    Thank you Daniel for your beautiful comment. You mentioned Xu Yuan Chong. I think we all love his translated work on Tang Poetry. Your appreciation for Chinese literature impressed me a lot. Thanks.

  • Kwai Chee Low (12/1/2015 9:27:00 AM)

    Beautiful imagery. The poem inspires one to contemplate the zen that lingers within the lines. Thank you for sharing, Cigeng. (Report) Reply

    Cigeng Zhang (12/7/2015 8:51:00 PM)

    Thank you Kwai Chee for your sharing. Keep Zen within.

  • Shakil Ahmed (12/1/2015 9:13:00 AM)

    wonderful presentation of natural beauty, well penned poem, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

    Cigeng Zhang (12/7/2015 8:52:00 PM)

    Thank you Shakil for your comment. Sharing is treasure.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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