Spring Unfurls over Dusk Colour River

Ancient River In Long Ago Distance

Moonlight spills from heavens depths into Dusk
Colour River, pooling in the criss cross of beak marks

lining grand old scales. Ninety years have left barbels
frayed and white but they still seek out the way, waterfall

leaped. Hermit laments another night without catch,
coils unfurl, and unfurl.

Dusk Colour River Frozen on Spring’s Eve

Tundra’s assembled on both sides of the river,
sunlight dappled on ice water clarity. White wisp

barbels twitch, azure eyes flash open. Startled water
plumes skyward, immortal fire climbs elemental ladders,

swirls in amongst the empty cloud plain. Dark blurs
spread across the sky. Below a hermit gathers firewood

sharing conversations with
nine wandering foxes.

Sky Rages over Innumerable Lands

Golden yellow claws arc across heavens breadth,
dark sky rendered in twain, rainfall birthed

in pregnant emptiness. Roar whistles through
countless valleys, bells from three gorges

ring as one by the mythical winds.
Dull, yellow flame skews from toothed maw,

heavens immortal blaze skitters over winters embers.
Ten thousand ice sheets sound in transition,

ten thousand snow layers return to the sea.
Rain tumbles, and tumbles. Emerald leaves unfurl, and unfurl.

Dusk Colour River in Spring

Forest greens and emeralds shine bright under azure clarity,
howling gibbons clear dust from peach blossom groves.

Farmers discuss what to plant, and how, their words
hang in the lotus scent, carried on the gentle breeze.

Ten thousand things gather by Dusk Colour River,
its guardian returned to the fathomless depths. Jade

peaks gleam once again, immortal riders await the arrival
of cranes. Dragon scales radiant amidst ancient pines,

recluse seeks kindling for the night. Down stream,
a lone carp escapes the attention of roving egrets.


First picture found here: http://thechinesecalligraphist.com/client-gallery/jan-zaremba-usa/

Second picture found here: http://www.artcritical.com/2008/12/14/landscapes-clear-and-radiant-the-art-of-wang-hui-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/

Third picture found here: http://www.orientaloutpost.com/proddetail.php?prod=dp5

Fourth picture found here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/WuLi-SpringComesToTheLake-ShanghaiMuseum-May27-08.jpg

Based on the legend of Chinese Dragons bringing about rainfall and spring, and some subtle hints towards one of my favourite childhood monsters, King Ghidorah,

About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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20 Responses to Spring Unfurls over Dusk Colour River

  1. claudia says:

    nice…esp. loved the sharing conversations with nine wandering foxes..and also the words of the farmers, hanging in the lotus scent…nice

  2. brian miller says:

    Sky Rages over Innumerable Lands

    is my fav of them, such wonderful imagery and power in that one…but the hermit sharinf stories with the 9 foxes, stole my heart…ha….enjoyable…

  3. kelly says:

    as a hermit, this made me smile….

  4. You are definitely one of the most creative poets out there. What you “see” in your “minds eye” is really incredible.

    Here are some of my favorite lines from your poems today:

    “Moonlight spills from heavens depths into Dusk”

    “Ten thousand ice sheets sound in transition,
    ten thousand snow layers return to the sea.
    Rain tumbles, and tumbles. Emerald leaves unfurl, and unfurl.”

    peaks gleam once again, immortal riders await the arrival
    of cranes.”

  5. marousia says:

    Love this – the dragons had me – I love the way you put this together

  6. poemblaze says:

    Loved the poems with the lovely paintings. I was not familiar with the barbel. New word!

  7. Laurie Kolp says:

    Such a nice offering… I especially like Dusk Colour River in Spring.

  8. Wonderful presentation, elegant lines, and a lyrical breeze wandered through all the beautiful spaces you created for the reader.

  9. 1emeraldcity says:

    You weave magic, you do…The art, the words…I can’t pick out one that pleases and delights…because they all do. Beautiful work…like walking on a carpet of poetry. Bravo!

  10. Always enjoy visiting here, the art, the stories in poems and wouldn’t it be great to have a conversation with nine wandering foxes… My favourite painting is Spring Comes to the Lake… the dragon hiding and the carp escaping the attention of roving egrets…beautiful images!

  11. Brendan says:

    Taken separately, each poem inks a vantage on a landscape that is not apprehended until all the poems are sung: hours of a day, perhaps, or stations of a walk or pilgrimmage, or perceptions that change with the angle of light. What a comfort that the ten thousand things have a guardian down under the water. – Brendan

  12. ManicDdaily says:

    These are just so pretty. K.

  13. mairmusic says:

    Lovely meditations to start my day– thanks!

  14. tashtoo says:

    Lovely! Perfect! Always such an adventure awaits at the hands of your pen! This I will return to often. Thank you!

  15. poemsofhateandhope says:

    Oh now yiu’ve struck a nerve….I love the story of the carp swimming the river to turn into a dragon. The question is…against the water or with the water….beautiful poem….loved all the imager and the sentiment that sits behind it….in fact…I love this story so much I have it tattooed on my arm. Really nice poem.

  16. Eve Redwater says:

    Love these! Especially “coils unfurl, and unfurl.” 🙂 The fish is gorgeous, too!

  17. Chazinator says:

    Each time I enter your emerald gates of song, I simply entanced by the beauty that greets me. Your words are more than solace, more than joy, they verge on that purity of vision we all seek, even in the most menial existence.

  18. ten thousand snow layers return to the sea… Reading your work is always a meditation – thanks!

  19. joanna says:

    i was caught by the line “…waterfall/ leaped…” and also the conversations with nine foxes. *smiles*

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