Tuesday, May 30, 2017

stolen kiss

Stolen Kiss 

by Tim Kavi

rust breaks through and corrupts
the shining luster of lives lived
there are always the moments
lived in memories of sunlight
through the windows

the power of thieves
breaking in, alarms shrieking
but then a gentle recognition
a kind smile, of love's remembrance
new love's certain bounty

that first stolen kiss

Saturday, May 20, 2017

When Mars Fell Asleep
by Tim Kavi

boys want to play army in fields
lined with mines
they walk among their friends' blood
ghosts in the shadows

at your lap o Goddess, sleeping
lies the gods of war
the weapons of war lie at their feet
abandoned as once you were

love has won out in the future of bliss
where shadows walk openly in the sun
and gardens are again planted
in romantic passions of youth revisited
even to the very old

the streets are cleaned of spoils
reminders of the follies of gain
while warlike tribes and leaders think
that nothing lasts of temperate mold
what is without entropy; only the power of love

love has vanquished the dark night of souls
but Mars is only sleeping
may he wake up and find you again and again
your love is everlasting and patient
cities are in your fold

but the bombed out ruins need to be rebuilt
into new shining squares
and the weapons turned into ploughshares
must be cleaned while children
are allowed to be children again.

Mars and Venus by Botticelli

For the hope of peace and knowledge of a sure love,
some might see a vague reference to the influence of Lucretius here--TK

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Faceless Wonder (New Poem)

by Tim Kavi

to the longed for

to the Goddess
I know not your name
in millenia
throughout space and time
all dimensions

Yours and mine

whether in woman
or in man
whether you call it soul
or anima made manifest
in many faces
and many lands

I long to know you
and adore you just the same

I look up
your face has become
a lotus
beneath you 
You gave birth
to all that is

as the lotus
peels back
souls are in expansion
in every universal breath

I see you
I know your name

it is Lajia Gauri
Lajja Gauri

please allow me
to dance the triumphant dance
as my patience 
is rewarded by your smiling
blissful being!

Hope Remains (New Poem)

Hope Remains (New Poem)by Tim Kavi

as I wondered
lying here I thought
the older I get
what happened to my past?

what happened to me?
what happened to them?
to so and so

when we were young
we imagined the world's problems
would soon be passed!

but things turned out 
to be not so simple
and while progress has been made

it hardly seems so
and not enough

there is still a need
for social justice
for fairness and empowerment 
to all regardless of creed
race or age

there is still a struggle
but hope remains
for both young and old

a world to be made!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Desperado (New Poem)

Desperado (New Poem)
by Tim Kavi
dusty trails
vanquished sunsets
uneasy sleeps
across winding
mountain trails

lonely teardrops
cannot atone
for evil deeds
that go unanswered

your regrets
are your sleeping partners
your loneliness
a reward

fugitives from justice
are ever pursued
by righteous fighters
against injustice

you know
your days are numbered
making all your promises
and loves
short lived.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Work: Poem of the Seventh Son--Just Published

MY latest work has just been published. A long poem readable in less than 30 minutes is my encouragement to seekers everywhere to never give up and climb higher. Climb up! Climb up!

(Click on link below image to go to availability page).

Tim Kavi's latest work!

Thanks for supporting my work!--Tim Kavi

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

More About Goddesses:Mother Shayi Nanzhao (Photos also by Tim Kavi)

More About Goddesses:  Mother Shayi Nanzhao
by Tim Kavi

Mother Shayi Nanzhao, also known as Shayi Mu, is one of the more obscure deities or mythical figures in worldwide lore.  Her group statues can be found on Nanzhao Folk Island, depicting a legend tracing the origin of the Ailao people, who are, in turn, said to be the ancestors of the Bai ethnic group, a supposed cornerstone of the Nanzhao kingdom of 738 to 902 AD.  These statues are among the main attractions on the island, which had since become a popular tourist destination in 1999.

Shayi, Mother of Dragons

Legend tells us that Shayi was a woman who lived in the Ailao Mountain thousands of years ago.  One day, while fishing, she had touched a log that had, for some reason, made her feel strange and eventually become pregnant.  Shayi would go on to give birth to ten sons, and several years later, when the sons had become older, she had taken them to the same river where she had mysteriously become pregnant after touching the log.

Upon seeing the log, it had transformed into a dragon, who had then asked Shayi where his sons are.  This similarly strange incident had scared off the nine older boys, who had run away upon seeing the dragon.  It was only the youngest who wasn’t scared, as he instead leaped on the dragon’s back; this prompted Shayi to name the boy Jiulong, jiu meaning “back” and long meaning “sit” in the Ailao tongue.  

Despite being the youngest son, Jiulong was chosen by his brothers to rule as king, as he had been licked by his father dragon after he jumped on his back.  The ten brothers would marry the ten daughters of a family residing in Ailao Mountain’s foot, and would become the patriarchs of the Ailao people, and eventually the Bai people.

Different Twists on the Legend of Shayi Mu

There are actually several theories pertaining to the Ailao people.  At least eight of China’s minority nationalities, including the Bai, trace their roots to the Ailao people, and have their own versions of the Mother Shayi Nanzhao/Shayi Mu myth, all similar but with their share of differences.  

Literature such as Confucian scholar Liu Xiang’s The Biographies of Women also depicts small twists on the Shayi Mu legend.  According to this tome, Jian Di, mother of Shang ancestor Qi, had also become pregnant in strange circumstances, this time swallowing a multi-colored egg that a bird dropped while she was bathing.

Due to the main similarity of these myths – a woman founding a civilization – modern scholars believe these stories were created as a means to establish patriarchy from a maternal source.

Mother Shayi Nanzhao’s Symbolism in Modern Times

Many years after the legend of Mother Shayi supposedly took place, her influence remains in modern-day culture.  

As the supposed matriarch of Nanzhao rulers and mother of the Bai people, Mother Shayi is a symbol of ancient matriarchy.  Her statue on Nanzhao Folk Island is said to be representative of independence and feminine strength and determination.  And while there has been controversy regarding whether her nude statue is appropriate, her nudity is said to be more redolent of primitive culture, as opposed to being an attempt toward eroticism.  

Overall, Mother Shayi is seen in today’s times as the symbolism of the Bai’s ancient roots and a symbol of their authenticity as a culture.

ABOUT THE PHOTOS: The photo above is an original photo taken by Tim Kavi at Nanzhao Folk Island which is near modern day Dali City in Yunnan Province, China. The photo was taken by Tim Kavi during the Summer of 2012. The island also includes the statue of another female figure from the Buddhist tradition, Kwan Yin; actual photo below. All Photos Copyright 2012 by Tim Kavi.