Clear pond muddied by a red tail swish
A great ruler tends to melon patches on empty cloud peaks,
shower of arrows over mulberry groves, birds of flame tumble, and tumble,
the man whose forgotten the words speaks to the man who doesn’t talk,
seven sages of the bamboo grove clear ancient texts of dust,
ten thousand things spring forth from pregnant emptiness.
A single lotus flower hangs over the saffron throng,
bridge of magpies unites lovers over the star river,
the Jade Emperor composes poems on the edge of heaven,
cranes in formations of vast soar north to Jade Peaks,
carp scales unfurl, and unfurl at the Dragon Gate.
A moths eyebrow arches under a crescent moon,
butterfly and sage cross paths in the abyss of sleep,
man wandering from village to village, lotus flowers mark his every step,
nine tailed foxes bid winter farewell with every foot fall,
the turtle carries rivers and mountains through the four realms.
A women’s hair converses with passers-by, taking from begging bowls as it may,
recluse ponders tumbling fathoms of a waterfall in mid step,
insect legs birthed in the depths of dark enigma,
blue herons fly out to cloud hollow caves,
dragons carry the sea over the land, water scattered on the four winds.
A thief turns the sea to salt, oblivious to self-inflicted misfortune,
immortal riders on white feathered steeds await the opening of the cloud gate,
solitary rafter seeks all under heaven, hidden under heaven,
bird born of flame dances in rainbow clarity,
South Mountain plumes everywhere you look.
A great bird takes sunlight streams upon its vast wings,
the sky raft wanderer hangs on Orion’s shoulder,
recluse sweeps hoarfrost paths dancing as he goes,
hut of dragon scales gleams under tattered stalks of sunlight,
five willows shake in the singing winds, catkins play in swirls deep.
cherry blossoms tumble, and tumble.
Very random. Couldn’t decide the order of the lines so I placed the lines in a hat and picked them out (barring the “A” lines).
Credit for the discovery of the word “Hoarfrost” goes to the wonderful blog http://artbrulant.wordpress.com/