A Song for Father

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When I feel helpless in the storm

Someone holds an umbrella and covers me with a raincoat

It is you, father,

Shielding me from rain and blowing wind

With the body soaked and shivering

.

When I receive awards on the podium

Someone forgets applause and smile

It is you, father,

Immersed in heartfelt blessings

With tears of gratification

.

Under your formless but giant wings

The years of my youth

Were filled with joy, security, and confidence —

The happiest time of my life

.

If there is not enough time to repay your kindness, father,

May I pass on your love

If I cannot pay it back all in this lifetime, father,

Let us switch roles in next incarnation

.

(2006/6/17 Written in tears during the 42nd Silent Meditation Retreat at Wisdom Cliff, Ipoh, Malaysia.  Recited on 2014/10/31 during Taipei International Festival of Poetry at the Concert of Liberal Arts, National Taiwan University)

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