Poetry: “Bugs in a Bowl” by David Budbill

Bugs in a Bowl –

Han Shan, that great and crazy, wonder-filled Chinese poet of a thousand years ago, said:
We’re just like bugs in a bowl. All day going around never leaving their bowl.
I say, That’s right! Every day climbing up
the steep sides, sliding back.
Over and over again. Around and around.
Up and back down.
Sit in the bottom of the bowl, head in your hands,
cry, moan, feel sorry for yourself.
Or.

Look around. See your fellow bugs.
Walk around.
Say, Hey, how you doin’?
Say, Nice Bowl!

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David Wolf Budbill

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David Budbill (1940-2016) American poet and playwright:  author of eight books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a children’s picture book, and dozens of essays.

Image from: http://www.davidbudbill.com/

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Bug images from: http://www.howpins.com/2017/05/10/get-rid-spiders/   

& https://www.thespruce.com/mulching-tips-to-prevent-pest-invasion-2656620

Hope you see the good in your bowl.    Aloha, Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Poetry: “Bugs in a Bowl” by David Budbill”

  1. Rosita says :

    hehe good poem + nice suggestins on wha’ to do in case of pest invasion❣️ also, I do have Young Authors Amino. my ID on it is 『BlueRose』. I also have WattPad, I’m sooi-dog on it. just in case u decides to install those apps.
    Hope y’all r fine,
    R

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