September arrives on western winds,
empty raft drifts down stream.
A fisherman boards the raft
hoping to drift boundless under azure skies.
Floating on crystalline ripples he see’s
10,000 peaks disappearing into celestial realms
magpies darting from shore to shore
vast emerald forests of peach trees
raided by bellowing gibbons
nesting cranes incandescent in a world of dust.
10,000 creeks lead to the river
sunlight reflecting off trout scales
dragons dive and rise
flying over and crossing under.
Raft and fisherman drift out to sea.
Night fall, ascending to star river.
One ocean to another
streaking comets arcing over the milky way
supernova’s flash in the dark enigma
nebulas hang in pregnant emptiness
solar flares glitter in the darkness
as fisherman and raft drift through the void
shadowing galaxy’s swirls
soaring on cosmic winds
twisting through astral dust
outstretched hands run through the firmament.
Raft and fisherman spiral down towards
the centre riding empyrean gales
emerging in the western mountains
at the fisherman’s hut.
September arrives on zephyr stream,
empty raft drifts down river.
Poem version of earlier post: https://skyraft.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/sky-raft-wanderer/ and inspired by countless Meng Hao Jan poems and the source of my username.
Sky Raft Wanderer mentioned in the poem New Years Ever at Chang Tzu-jung’s House at Lo-ch’eng: http://skyraftwanderer.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-years-ever-at-chang-tzu-jungs-house.html
Feedback welcomed, this may go through multiple drafts.