Herd Boy and Weaver

Gazing at Star Fall

Hollow lake catches star fall from
heavens peaks, innumerable still shine

in pregnant emptiness. Gazing and gazing,
how many magpies span such fathomless depths?

Left by the Shore, for Who May Find It

Dragons race along the horizontal fathom,
dusk ascends heavenward. Ten thousand

magpies cluster in August mulberries.
A busy nights work anticipated, perhaps?

Star River, In Copy

Star River looks down on its own
reflection. Magpies gather by the

shore, amidst hopping chatter.
The lovers will meet twice tonight.

Autumn Under the Seventh Moon

Golden cassia’s topple under the seventh
moon, green moss flares in tumbling light.

Magpies have remained silent tonight. Herd boy
and weaver will have to wait, just a little longer.

Western Wind, By the Duckweed Pond

Western billows raise the dusk curtain, ten
thousand stars peek from behind the elemental

veil. Magpie formations seek heavens peaks, the
sparrows content to dance over duckweed carpets.


Picture one from here: http://www.dejiantang.com/Dejiantang/Articles/Magpies+Dancing+with+Swaying+Willows+.aspx

Picture two from here: http://artist.artmuseum.com.cn/hisArtworkDetail.htm?id=1068

Picture three from here: http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-xu-beihong-magpie.php

And some background reading: http://www.taichichuancenter.com/Newsletter/200108WeavingGirl.html


About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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35 Responses to Herd Boy and Weaver

  1. 10,000 magpies baked in a pie.

    Wait no! Those poor little things. Let them live and fly. Let them eat mulberrries and sing with the stars then tumble in the moss and duck weed.

  2. Love your brushwork included and these REALLY stood out for me of the collection, “Golden cassia’s topple under the seventh/moon, green moss flares in tumbling light.”

    Thank you!

  3. ManicDdaily says:

    These are lovely. I think I like the one about the chattering magpies and lovers best. Have you read Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum– he has a funny take on magpies. Not like these which are so picturesque. K.

    • I haven’t (probably should read it though) but I do find it amazing how many cultures the magpie appears in, and how it varies from from culture to culture. It’s a truely marvellous thing.

      And thank you for commenting.

  4. Di says:

    I love these poems and the way you combine the paintings….Oh I just love them too! Wonderful to visit…thankyou!

    • Thank you for commenting.

      The picture selection is always fun to do. 10 minutes soon turns to an hour, and then beyond. It’s become one of my favourite parts of writing these poems.

  5. simonhlilly says:

    somehow (the vagaries of electrons) I have missed reading your posts for a few months. I love this ensemble. Not only are the images and words as crisp and delicious as ever, but , like Chinese characters, each one hints that it really also means twenty other things of even more portent!

  6. brian miller says:

    really like the progression through this with the magpie….lovely imagery as well…i like the star river looking at its reflection as well…

  7. beautiful! I love this line “Golden cassia’s topple under the seventh
    moon, green moss flares in tumbling light.”

  8. Nara Malone says:

    Beautiful. Loved this line: Dragons race along the horizontal fathom,
    dusk ascends heavenward.

  9. kelly says:

    flittering, fluttering, down through these lines…lovely!

  10. claudia says:

    oh nice…esp. this one made me smile..
    Magpies gather by the
    shore, amidst hopping chatter.
    The lovers will meet twice tonight…. just lovely

  11. Nick Rolynd says:

    God, the imagery in this piece is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. ❤

  12. yelena says:

    this is heavenly beautiful, ‘Autumn Under the Seventh Moon’ should be my favorite; the image of green moss flaring in tumbling light and the anticipation in the following lines just captivates……

  13. beautiful images.. love how each progression was truly its own. wonderful piece!

  14. ayala says:

    lovely imagery, I enjoyed it 🙂

  15. Such beautiful writing–for me this line really stood out–

    Hollow lake catches star fall from
    heavens peaks, innumerable still shine
    in pregnant emptiness.

  16. Lilu says:

    This is gorgeous, I love how you divided it into several little poems. It’s like a story with chapters. The paintings add a lovely effect to the imagery. Great work =)

  17. Alex Dissing says:

    I love Gazing At Star Fall. Magical words resulting in a beautiful image.

  18. 1emeraldcity says:

    You are an excellent and thought provoking imagist..Love the haiga. Thank you!

  19. siubhan says:

    so many exquisite images. i was captured from the first couplet pair…

  20. Gay says:

    I don’t know what a magpie is. We have mockingbirds. But I think they’re very different. Interesting and enjoyable set of images. Well written.

  21. C Rose says:

    enjoyed this series very much, beautiful to wander through in your words. ~ Rose

  22. Uneven Stephen says:

    What a lovely collection of little poems. I love the title, and the magpie theme throughout. I think “Gazing at Star Fall” may be my favorite bit.

  23. Emily says:

    I found a handwritten copy of Star River outside Liverpool Anglican Cathedral today, on a small piece of paper folded into an origami swan! The chances of it not blowing away, such a creative way to promote your work. Was it actually you who wrote it out and left it there or just someone who enjoys your poetry?

    • Yeah, it was me. Figured it would be fun to do.

      I’m replying now cause I might forget, and your comment has made me impossibly happy and giddy. Thanks so much.

      I left some more as well. One somewhere in Liverpool One, and one in the Blue Coat garden. So they’ll be somewhere now.

      Again, thanks so much for commenting. Really, you’ve made my day. And weekend. Hell, you’ve set the entire week.

      • Emily says:

        You’re welcome! Thanks for replying so soon i appreciate it, i’ll be looking round for them from now on. Are you from Liverpool?
        P.s i’m keeping it framed hahaha, i love it.

      • Wow, I’ve never had anything framed. It’s really rather humbling.

        I’m not from Liverpool (Wigan) but I have a friend who I went to Uni with who lives there, so I visit every once in a while. Hopefully I’ll be back two Saturdays from now, so I’m guessing there will be more then.

        And I really should comment at normal times.

      • Emily says:

        Ahhh right, i’ll tell people to look out for them then!
        Really glad i found your poetry, thanks again 🙂

  24. Yousei Hime says:

    Congrats. That’s a wonderful experience. 😀

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