All shining moments…
The brightest light comes from the darkness alone.
© G. Mend-Ooyo
The moon over an old temple
From behind the temple the moon is ascending.
Buddha's ancient aureole gleams on the shiny top.
Nostalgia lingers of a melancholy, wagging heart.
Wild grass sprouts in the slit of the stairway stones
Simple alcoves, old scrolls of painted characters.
It's a heavenly renewed temple filled with mystery
© G. Mend-Ooyo
G. Mend-Ooyo was born into a herdsman family in Dar’ganga, Mongolia 26 September 1952. He grew up riding horses and tending sheep, as well as moving from one place to another with camel caravans. He graduated later from the Mongolian National University of Pedagogy and received his Master’s degree at the University of Arts and Culture, as well as his Doctorate of Literature. After having taught several years, he became reporter and literary editor of the Mongolian radio and in 1981 general editor of the National Mongolian Television. From 1990 onwards he has been executive director and vice-president of the Mongolian Cultural Foundation of which he became president in 1994. He is also president of the Mongolian PEN-Club and founded the Mongolian Academy of Culture, as well as GUNU, a magazine for culture, literature and poetry.
G. Mend-Ooyo is a most productive writer. His oeuvre contains over 20 books of poetry, narrative and essays. His poetry, which has been honoured with a number of literary prizes, has been translated in several languages. He is president and organizer of the XXVII World Congress of Poets, Mongolia