Art Music Poetry #85, featuring a brand new poem

Opus 1494, 2006

Opus 1494, 2006

To Be Human

 

is to fall in love over and over,

to never give up on any of them,

to cry for the inhumanity, and try to

overcome all that surrounds us by creating

a closeness with those in proximity, both

geographical and philosophical.  It is to

carry those loves in our heart, flooding our

minds no matter how gone they are.  And

to put others’ needs first, understand their

flaws, work on our own so we can be

better helpers.  It is to take it all in and

follow our dreams no matter how preposterous;

to pull apart another brown paper bag and

to write it all out, no matter how choppy.

So take my hand and make it all better

before I repeat the painful parts until

I can no longer act.  To struggle past

obstructions and obligations, self imposed and

expected; to wallow in joy, build strength and

change what we can for the better. To live, to give.

Written August 28, 2015

Weehiya, segment 15

This poetry book in English and Korean by Doug Stuber, contains works from 1973 until 2008. The book was published in 2010 by Chonnam University Press in Gwangju, South Korea. Weehiya (better spelled Weehiyeu) means “To Your Health” in Korean and is a typical toast.  Selected poems from:  The Blue Book (1983); Three Gainesville Poets (1985,Rebuts Trout Publications); More Poems (1991); Sex, Religion, Politics (1998,Hurt Branch & Carr); Rants and Raves (2003, Katherine James Books); Korea and Beyond (2007,Katherine James Books) and selected poems from 2008.  Translated by Park Yeon Seong, Jeong Kang Hee,Go Mi Ran, and Kim Soon