Poetry: “Too Busy” by David Budbill

Too Busy
Have ambition and ego ruined my life?
Where have my easy days gone?

If only I had a monk friend to wander off
into the mountains to visit. If only I were
so idle I had time to visit him. If only we
could while away the day drinking tea,
playing flutes, and talking. If only, as the
moon rose, my friend could point the way
home through the dark mountains with
the night sky’s lantern to light the way.

If only I were happy with only that.

by David Budbill 
in The Sun



David Budbill


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Aloha, Renée


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

2 responses to “Poetry: “Too Busy” by David Budbill”

  1. Rosita says :

    mhmm..dat poem came out as a great reminding on da fact we’re always too busy for enjoying life and only start appreciating it for real when it’s about to end, also, to da fact we’re really ambitious. sad, but true. I’ve got some copic markers (chupidly expensive and quite rare on here), and, even tho I didn’t really get all da colors I wanna, I’m truly happy. ‘cause we can’t always have everyting we wanna but we shall appreciate everting we have, right? ☺️ also, I appreciate doing art, even tho I’m not really a pro, but am working in a comic story about refugees’ crisis (on furry style, of course!) and will tell u once I’m done❣️
    a nice link about da furry fandom (and, nah, it ain’t about sex, as da links itself explains): https://amp.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/feb/04/furry-fandom-subculture-animal-costumes and https://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/candacelowry/revealing-misconceptions-about-the-furry-fandom
    about refugees crisis (a serious, yet frightening subject for some): https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/refugee-crisis-what-you-need-to-know/ and http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2017/2/58b001ab4/poorer-countries-host-forcibly-displaced-report-shows.html
    so, as ppl luv animals, I’m gonna do comics in furry style about refugees crisis thro many perspectives & will tell u once I’m done.
    Luv y’all,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: Thanks for all the links. It’s great you are working on another kind of meaningful art. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do. Aloha, Renée

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