Logya Pema’s “Life Experience”

Ganzi-d04I know very little about the poet Logya Pema, except that he wrote this poem while in Garzê, an autonomous Tibetan prefecture occupying the western arm of Sichuan province in the People’s Republic of China. Logya Pema’s poem was written as part of an online poetry competition that took place on March 22, 2012 by the Three Provinces of Tibet poetry group. The title “Life Experience” was given to the poets, and they started to write at 22:30, finishing in one hour at 23:30.

So will the fern, the thorn
And the concealed dark blood that has been hidden for a season

What I like about this poem, no doubt partially created by the imposed time limit of one hour, is its simplicity of design and subtle power. To me, the lines don’t seem to float across the page–as much Japanese poetry does when I read it–but rather feels like sheets on a clothesline snapping in the wind. Pema’s reference to Vincent Van Gogh in the last three lines is thrilling and strange, forcing me to connect Pema’s recast vision of the famous artist to the seven lines that precede it.

Life Experience


The warmer wind opens the teeth of young animals
Snapping, the residual body of winter
Sunshine will grow out of the scarred and the battered
So will the fern, the thorn
And the concealed dark blood that has been hidden for a season
Sunshine will also grow out of the mountain streams, and the bird’s whistling
Time bores through life, I’m yearning in the seasons
There was a madman with red hair
Who cut off his own ear, to dedicate to
The sunflowers and iris that blossomed in the eye of insects

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3 thoughts on “Logya Pema’s “Life Experience””

  1. This poem might’ve a protest poem because of what they say, like in some seasons it might not happen what they say or what they say might not be true to others. This poem makes me see life, it’s kinda sad but a nice life poem.

    -Saray, Joe Hill P.5

  2. This poem is a protest poem because it is explaining powerful detail about a famous person wh meant a lot to somebody also protesting about Vincet Van Gough ad his life. This poem spoke to me because it had lots of meaning and great detail so it made me feel good.

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