The rejuvenation of the old tree stump

Min Thu Wun: The Pyinma Stump
Lagerstroemia Flos Reginae (1949) 

Pic source: Tears in a bottle

 

Translated by G.H Luce

 

Dwarf stump-timber

Ancient Pyinma

Gnarled and twistered,

Knotted and wizened,

Like an aged Vulture, naked

On the Mound!

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Where the quoining
Roots are joining,
Ants have nested,
Feasted, wasted;
Left a yawning
Ulcer, horning
To a scab.
Sunk in cranny

Near the summit,

Lies a helmet

Wan and scrawny,

Dented, broken

….. a sure token

War was here!

Dwarf stump-timber

Ancient Pyinma

Battles savage,

Termites’ ravage,

Knife-blade notching,

Sun-fire scorching,

Shock of tempest……

All thou bravest,

Head unbow’d!

Soon, when summer

Stils his humour,

Old leaves casting,

New leaves bursting,

Warm winds wooing,

Thou from ruin

Shalt renew thy

Youth of beauty!

Hero! Thou!

Source

 

For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. —Job 14:7-9 NKJV

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One Response to “The rejuvenation of the old tree stump”

  1. drkokogyi Says:

    Job 14:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
    7 “For there is hope for a tree,
    If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
    And that its tender shoots will not cease.
    8 Though its root may grow old in the earth,
    And its stump may die in the ground,
    9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud
    And bring forth branches like a plant.

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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