Summer streams through open door,
wandering crane passes through. Dust
drift in ochre disturbs meditation. No
immortals here – fly south to Jade Peaks.
Moonlit frame, wandering fox investigates,
idles, scampers away. On waking paw prints
line the dirt. Slumber,
or some vulpin forage?
Autumn wind brings golden maple to
my empty door. I go to sweep, long
ago friend at my gate with wine. Both
of us let this moment unfurl, and unfurl.
Ashen giants turn black, yellow flash,
echo’s blast. Darkened doorway,
Dragons contest Heavenly realms.
I return to my afternoon slumber.
confusion of pines. I tell them where to
go but they must find the way.
Morning mist ambles through open door,
sleep clouded. Awake I sweep what the
willows missed. Yellow dragonfly zips through
fog. Mind wanders – what to plant, and how.
Stream song by night, jeweled candles
drift past empty door. The town celebrates
the lantern festival, colours flow out to
sea, lights guide me home.
Forage on mist peaks. Herbs line
my basket fragrant swirls on night streams.
arriving late to find a poem
fluttering on my empty door.
Willow catkins tumble through my
door, geese prints mark first snows.
Tea smoke beckons me – later I’ll
see where the geese flew.
Clatter of ploughs tumble from water
buffalo. Trailing farmer slips, and amidst
tumbling rain and soggy robes, an invite
for tea. From my door, they graze under pines.
by, breath of fire crackers. By the open
door we laugh like five willow sages.
Inspired by a comment by K (http://manicddaily.wordpress.com/ – an excellent blog. You should go there sometime. You know, if you want to.) about how some drafts of mine seemed like different views outside a hut. So I ran with that. Again K, a thousand thank you’s to you.
Some poems that inspired me: http://skyraftwanderer.blogspot.com/2012/02/poems-of-china.html
Pictures (It’s a long one):
First picture: http://nigensha.co.jp/kokyu/en/sr10.html
Third picture: http://noemata.net/1996-2002/680.html
Fourth and Tenth picture: http://www.art-virtue.com/painting/history/sung/sung.htm
Fifth picture : http://history.cultural-china.com/en/50History9366.html
Seventh picture: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2011-02/15/content_12018825.htm
Eleventh picture: http://www.5d8z.com/dragon/ChineseDragons.htm