Night, Ox, Bramble Gate and a Fox

Self lost in smoke trails from the flickering wick.
A clattering ox kindly returns it to me. Still yet

to mark that hidden door, I let the light go.
The broken plow can wait till morning.

~~~

In the nights heat the midges won’t cease. Wall
of unread books fills my wide open eyes. I

rise, and take the ox from the stable. In the
moons company, we plow through the night tide.

~~~

By the bramble gate I wait your coming, a
shihyu wind rends mountains to wisps. Heavens

power knows no limits over this dragon vast land.
Sky dims. An ox cart rolls by. I’ll wait, a little longer.

~~~

A moths trail meets my forehead. Stirred from dream, I
light the lamp. Idle pots sent in patterns of scatter

by a fox – a scamper to the grass. I’ll leave the lamp
on – a monk or recluse may wander by. Empty words still good to share.

~~~

First picture found here: http://skybrandt.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/horizontal-flute-played-on-the-back-of-an-ox/

Second picture found here: http://terebess.hu/english/oxherding.html

Third picture found here: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/11712166_a-fine-chinese-painting-by-tang-yin

Fourth picture found here: http://www.art-virtue.com/painting/history/yuan/yuan.htm

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About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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14 Responses to Night, Ox, Bramble Gate and a Fox

  1. I love the image of a “moth trail” Thank you..

  2. tashtoo says:

    Just fantastic! Loved the images you selected

  3. brian miller says:

    nice…really cool walk you took us on…i probably would have ravaged the wall of books until sleep overtook me but i have taken a many moonlight walk…

  4. Love the story of the ox, the cart rolling by, eyerything!

  5. Pat Hatt says:

    Great story, told in all it’s glory. as images pop from the start, with the ox pulling the cart.

  6. Clever mix of imagery and story to convey the situation of sleepless night.

  7. hedgewitch says:

    I enjoy the images to accompany images you create here so adeptly, and with so few words.

  8. Very nice! I love how your words and the images you chose weave together.

  9. Like a storybook in the way the words and images unfold together…

  10. 1emeraldcity says:

    Drowning in your words and art, Sky. This is sheer, unadulterated beauty…I smell it, feel it, taste, it.. Gorgeous!

  11. joanna says:

    you had me from the first couplet. exquisite images and imagery, as ever. i do think i like that first verse/couplet pair the best.

  12. clawfish says:

    You held my eyes so don’t let go

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