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/
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,