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A Hundred Birds
by L. G. Figgins
Friday, January 22, 2010
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A Hundred Birds is a Chinese myth about unyielding love. Yayuan is a woodcutter who finds a rooster in the woodpile and takes it home. The rooster turns into a beautiful women and she becomes Yayuan's wife. They were very happy together. Tusi, a Chinese official, is jealous and forcefully takes Yayuan's bride to be his concubine. As she is riding away she calls to Yayuan to make her a coat of the feathers of a hundred birds...

My lover cries across mountains
My lover bears the burden of my heart
for I am dying of sorrow in the yamun
Bring me the feathers of a hundred birds
Make me a coat of a hundred birds

I pass 99 mountains to gather feathers
I go through 99 rivers to make you smile
and free you from Tusi so you may return to me
I'll bring you the feathers of a hundred birds
I'll make you a coat of a hundred birds

Three hundred silver coins promised by Tusi
Three hundred silver coins
to the one who can make me smile
Bring me the feathers of a hundred birds
Make me a coat of a hundred birds

I am wearing the feathers of a hundred birds
I am wearing the coat of a hundred birds
I am here at the yamun to make you smile
I am here to free you so you may return to me
I am here to give you the coat of a hundred birds

You are here with the feathers of a hundred birds
You have come to free me from the yamun
My heart is soaring on the Mystical Winds
for now I can return to you
Now I can return to you and I am filled with joy

Give me the coat of a hundred birds, woodcutter
Help me put on the coat of a hundred birds
for it has made the Lady smile
The Lady has long been in sorrow
The Lady has long been in sorrow
and I wish to make her smile

You may wear the feathers of a hundred birds
I'll help you with the coat of a hundred birds
I am helping you with the coat
as I am piercing your heart
Piercing your heart as you have pierced mine
I am here to free my love and she will return to me

L.G. Figgins  2010

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Reviewed by Gerald Tate 2/12/2010
WOW, Great piece, keep it up Lin.

Best, Gerry
Reviewed by Carol Grace 2/3/2010
What a beautiful story. Great job.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/26/2010
Amazing story, art and needlework. I love how your bold writing with such "simplicity" and clarity endorses the finery of the garment somehow... I can imagine the darting and weaving of all those feathers and agile minds of those captured birds. The repetitions speak of their song: the urgency, the energy. Very vital writing here, Linda. Strong, confident and packs a powerful punch. Thank you, Kate xx
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/26/2010
Resplendent with the simplicity of innocent love we see in many early oriental works. Beautifully done LLin, thanks for sharing!

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/25/2010
I love the coat. It looks native American.

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/24/2010
Great imagery in your poem, but I agree with Patrick, don't let Ed find out....giggle. Your words unfolded like a romantic legend. Very well done.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/24/2010
This is a work of beauty. Just don't tell Mr. Ed. Patrick
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 1/24/2010
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/23/2010
Well told tale of bravery in the chin dynasty. Such a tale evokes thoughts of a martial artist fighting for his beloved, with nothing stopping him.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/23/2010
beautifully written--captivating for sure!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/23/2010
Captivating and left me awed...well done.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/23/2010
A memorable tale that have the spirit of Chinese old poets, legends, myths and romance not getting old as a new poet will give a transfusion of life drawn from own inspiration.


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 1/22/2010
Linda, not only is this wonderful writing, the imagery is beautiful!
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 1/22/2010
What beautiful imagery! The repetition is almost prayer or chant-like, and adds to the cultural depth that you've created in this poem. Great work~ Blessings, Michelle
Reviewed by John Domino 1/22/2010
Magnificant poetry! Amen to that!

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