Rice Bowls, Buddha, a Beetle, and Eyelids

In amongst the clatter and shift of rice bowls,
the tenzo wanders the kitchen space.

A crack in the wall holds a monks gaze,
a ripe plum is picked from a cupboard.


A golden buddha, swathed in jade lights the
hall. A monk stops sweeping to follow a

cranes shadow across the wall. Arc of a flicked
wrist – tea leaves brushed from sleeve to ground.


Sunlight crashes, breaks on a beetles horn, the
ancient forest ground lit in pure emerald clarity.

Down stream, a gaze protrudes from a conical hat,
a sandal sails by on a hollow reed.


The moons waxen glow offers no respite,the days
heat plows clean through into night. I gaze out across

the pavilion, kettle bubbles by maidenhair.
I scoop up fallen eyelids, toss them into the pot.


First image found here: http://www.tricycle.com/-food/instructions-tenzo?page=0,1

Second image found here: http://hua.umf.maine.edu/China/SMpainting/pages/10514wSakyamuni.html

Third image found here: http://www.art-virtue.com/painting/history/yuan/yuan.htm

Fourth image found here: http://www.xabusiness.com/china-resources/ming-dynasty-paintings-4.htm

About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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10 Responses to Rice Bowls, Buddha, a Beetle, and Eyelids

  1. The experience of reading this was very interesting to me. At first, I was reminded of thoughts I would have while meditating at the Shambhala center. As it kept going, it seemed to get more complicated, like the thoughts I have as I leave the Center. Strange! 🙂 Very delightful!

  2. simonhlilly says:

    Lovely details. Especially like the last section.

  3. brian miller says:

    what a last line…fallen eyelids…oh my…smiles….i would have stopped to watch the shadow of that crane as well…smiles…

  4. beautiful imagery here.

  5. Emily says:

    You paint a fascinating picture. I don’t want to close my eyes.

  6. kelly says:

    yes, this is such a beautiful word painting, I could see it all… and that ending, oh my!

  7. yelena says:

    ‘the ancient forest ground lit in pure emerald clarity..’ wish i could experience that *sigh* such calming, thoughtful lines you’ve penned. much much enjoyed. and the choice of images as well. thank you immensely for sharing poetic beauty.

  8. jenneandrews says:

    Beautiful images– the list has the effect of stringing pearls on a string, letting them evoke what they will… xxj http://parolavivace.blogspot.com .

  9. 1emeraldcity says:

    You really are a wizard at sending the reader into your magical, mystical world. Quite beautiful…and the artwork is meticulously and beautifully fitting. Bravo!

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