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Sunday, 5 October 2014

FARNSWORTH ON GARDENS AND NAUGHTY CHINESE CHILDREN

POET, PEDAGOGUE AND TRAVELLER, DAVID FARNSWORTH, IS BACK IN CHINA - WE THINK TEACHING CHILDREN TO SPEAK ENGLISH. HE'S JUST SENT US TWO MORE POEMS AND A VIEW OF HIS HOTEL'S GARDEN.

Before I sat down to type this, I've had two visits from the IT man in the hotel... each time he reached me in 5 minutes, but there are 1000 rooms in hotel. Yesterday, the main connection was down for 7 hours. The photo is in the garden.

The people here keep expanding their tourist attractions. "The new is  old again." The three Australians took a Grade one for 80 minutes last Tuesday. 52 students. They were  little buggers. An ex-primary school principal delivered a three minute tirade at the children telling them  they were little beasts. They understood none of it. Finally they settled down and copied a picture.

 Today J. and I took his son and two 'classmates' to the supermarket. Needless to say, they were the  naughtiest children in a crowded supermarket On the way to the car a 'classmate' licked a car setting off a  car alarm, which mercifully stopped. I don't think they had been to a supermarket often.

National holiday starting October 1  for seven days.

 Weather still balmy (shorts and tee shirt)



Shi Hu Yuan Gardens Weifang


The lotus are flapping
 even though burnt by the sun.

 Surrounded by high-rise
 this oasis in the middle

 of Weifang bristles with
 ancient trees and pagodas.

 Pomegranates droop temptingly
 from many trees.

 Significant rocks rear
 on all sides.

 In the reflective pool
 straddled by ancient bridges

 the goldfish scream
 for attention & food.


 

 She Hu Yuan Garden

 The goldfish are breast-stroking
 across the pool ruffled by
 a stronger wind.

 a large lady in a grey strack-
 suit spares some of her food
 for the fish.

 The green branches of the willow
 dance to hidden music
 mostly in unison.





 You can find David's 'geographical' poems in Middle Kingdom, his anthology on Buzzword Books


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