Life Renewing & Healing Words

Bridges Unabridged

Part of a special edition series by and with writer-partners of Silicon Valley Author Ann Bridges.

Author, humorist, and poet Margaret Zhao shares her insights in response to recent tragic events and discussions on staying safe.

PRIORITIZING SAFETY

Nothing to lose,

poverty

makes it safe.

A poor little girl

wiping her nose

with pink fingers

cold like icicles.

Meek like sheep,

followers

blinded by empty offers —

socialists.

Fearful are those

powerful,

too much to lose

rallying the blind

to remain blind.

Safety

trampled

by greed,

hardly any cure.


A MOTHER’S ANGUISH  — 慈母有败子,小不忍也

 (Inspired from an ancient Chinese aphorism, conceptually meaning: Even a loving mother can have a corrupted son, because he was too cute when he was a baby and she didn’t have the heart to discipline him. As a result, he became a bad man.)

Abandon

education

or morality

leads a path

to the ruin —

from bad to worse,

and from worse

to the end

of the world.

A little sprout

grows to be

a giant redwood tree

with cultivation,

a little baby

without discipline

turns to be

a heartless monster

shooter.


WHEN TERROR STRIKES

A normal day

suddenly changes face,

sending shopping carts twirling

with cries soaked in blood,

breaths seized

by terror.

No one in the world

can afford to lose

a single life innocent.


CAN YOU MAKE LIFE SAFE?

Pains,

turning doctors

into kings.

Simply, a few scratches

with a magic wand

ordered,

white little pearls —

opioids

No medicine

can cure

regret

but prevention.

The greatest safety

in a relationship

is without

expectations.

Trapped are those

indulging parents

pestered

by spoiled children.


KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE

Anywhere safe

for my children to be?

A mother’s silent cry,

constant.

Carried

by schoolchildren

are backpacks

with added weight —

bullet-proof.

Fears nagging

’til kids home

unharmed.


CONTROLLING YOUR FATE

A fake smile

is healthier

than a genuine frown.

One laugh

makes you

ten years younger.


PennedSource Partner Margaret Zhao is author of Humor Haiku and award-winning memoir Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny,Courage and Comedy chronicling her childhood in Maoist China through her ultimate settlement in California. For more about Margaret and her writings see
Humor Haiku
For more on Ann and her other writer-partners, see her at PennedSource.
Pictured:  Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco/Marin), Bay Bridge at night (Oakland/SF), Dumbarton Complex: Old Rail Rotating Swing Drawbridge, now welded open (above) & Old Roadway Vertical Lift Drawbridge, now demolished with Replacement Twin Concrete Girder Design in background (below, both Menlo Park/Fremont), Caldecott Tunnel (Oakland/Orinda), and abandoned buildings of the ghost town of Drawbridge, formerly Saline City, on Station Island in the Fremont-Newark Slough–just some of the many connectors “bridging” the Greater Silicon Valley with the world.  All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
This article Copyright 2019 Margaret Zhao, used with permission.
 

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