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Cristian Mocanu, RO

 

 


Western Ci* is a new form invented by Cristian Mocanu.  Below are three examples composed by the inventor.  Read about Western Ci in the September 2007 Writer's Handbook.
 

 


Western Ci*

A Simple Song

(cipai:"Malaika" by Faidhili William sung, i.a. by Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Boney M)

I greet you
In the tears of each morning,
Forgive me,
If I come without warning
Laying siege to your heart,
Will I catch it off-guard?
But you'll hear my wordless, simple song
As it follows your footsteps
And you'll know who wrote this simple song
As it follows your footsteps.
Creeping
Like a ninja to be your guard
Softly
Like the smell of a precious nard
It will do you no harm
It will act like a charm.
You will hear my wordless, simple song
As it follows your footsteps
And you'll know who wrote this simple song
As it follows your footsteps.
Suddenly,
You will find a treasure within me.

Suddenly,
I will know the treasure within me.
Only love can reveal
The oasis inside.
So you'll hear my wordless, simple song
As it follows your footsteps
And you'll know who wrote this simple song
As it follows your footsteps.
 

 


Diving

(Cipai: ABBA-Chiquitita)

How is it I can't feel the pain
And fears no longer come near me?
How come tears, when they come, they flow so sweetly?
There's a mystery in my life
Which I cannot possibly fathom
What's this force
Which pervades my every atom?

I can never run out of smiles
Even though the sorrows gather
I can live with things which once caused a lather…
I can joyfully bear it all
Even though the troubles are legion
There is strength in my heart's remotest region.

It would seem love is in the air,
And it soars and thrives and it laughs and it takes me with it
It may be the same old song, but I go along…
Where to? I don't dare to dream it!
It's this instant I have to live,
I have no choice but to accept to dive in this river
To which ocean it will flow, who am I to know?
Let the Providence deliver…
Let it flow! Who am I to know?
Let the Providence deliver…

I 'm not even sure if it's "wise"
But I can't resist it either…
Triumph or demise? I can't tell till I'll have been there
No Cassandras can hold me back
There is glory in taking chances
Win or lose, I am sure my heart advances.

It would seem love is in the air,
And it soars and thrives and it laughs and it takes me with it
It may be the same old song, but I go along…
Where to? I don't dare to dream it!
It's this instant I have to live,
I have no choice but to accept to dive in this river
To which ocean it will flow, who am I to know?
Let the Providence deliver…
Let it flow! Who am I to know?
Let the Providence deliver…

Author's Technical Note: I chose to have the "chorus" repeated, because it seemed appropriate for the development of the poem; this, however, should not be a requirement for the form.
 

 


Cherry Blossoms

(Cipai: Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water)

Feel the fragrance; breathe it in,
And let its purity touch and strengthen you.
Take snapshots so you can remember
But please don't get me wrong:
They are just tender cherry blossoms
And they'll not last long…

Learn to treasure them
Like the Japanese
Let them reach your heart
But don't cling to them.
Just take the brush.
Paint on your heart:
"Ichi go, ichi e *
These are just tender cherry blossoms
And we soon must part".

What is meant for you
May be far.
And this is just a stage
Of your journey.
You should keep the faith.
This train is not your last.
But just some tender cherry blossoms
Never meant to last…

* "The first time may also be the last" (a quote from a haiku by Basho)

 

 

 


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