How do you know?

Beside the recluse path a skeleton scattered through
jade tangles. I want to feel something. A lament.

But other feelings rise. Envy, filtered through
curiosity. What thoughts cloud its mind?

~~~

Saffron butterfly leads my eyes through sun drenched mulberries
into an empty dream scape. A skeleton sits with me. Aloud,

I wonder if it misses anything. A deep hole stare unfurls,
and unfurls, and then a walk off. My eyes follow white into

black, back under mulberry green. The butterfly has flown
to worlds new. The sun has gone behind cloud drift ridges.

~~~

By Dragon Bend river a skull lost in idleness. I
feel sorrow for all it cannot enjoy. Down stream

rapids cause me worry for my raft creaks with
the moments of ten thousand voyages. The skull just stares.

~~~

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

Second image found here: http://www.taoistic.com/chuangtzu/index.htm

Third image found here: http://rivr.sulekha.com/chuang-tzu-perspectives_61880_blog

About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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15 Responses to How do you know?

  1. I love how the space between the couplets looks along with the art. And this is beautiful: “Saffron butterfly leads my eyes through sun drenched mulberries
    into an empty dream scape. A skeleton sits with me”. Do the images just accompany the poems, or did you write starting from them?

  2. Simon Lilly says:

    Dreamt I read some lines of poetry, a stream of thought bubbling by. But then again, it could be memories of another life, or daydreams at the Master’s feet…..
    Reality is approximate, and this is a fine example. The ghost of Chuang Tzu would smile, the Old Man: raise and eyebrow then nod curtly….job done.

  3. yelena says:

    an unforgettable poetic voyage. i’ve been completely swept away. thank you~~

  4. Emily says:

    Beautiful writing. I especially loved this:

    A deep hole stare unfurls,
    and unfurls, and then a walk off.

    But really, the whole thing is just entrancing.

  5. wolfsrosebud says:

    beautiful flow in your lines… I loved how you used brings us deeper into the piece

  6. brian miller says:

    some really beautiful imagery…particularly the butterfly…the skull staring at me though is leaving me a bit disconcerted….

  7. Entrancing is the best way to put it, thanks to Emily’s comment (before that I was grasping for words). Outstanding.

  8. ManicDdaily says:

    Particularly beautiful close here. k.

  9. 1emeraldcity says:

    Reality and dreams juxtaposed…a little Daliesque w. the skull…Always beautifully wrought, Sky…and your art fits so well. This is one I’ll read again. :)) xoxo

  10. Mohana says:

    wonderfully threaded…loved the saffron butterfly…

  11. kelly says:

    This is a new favorite of mine from you, incredible imagery, mystery, enchantment.

  12. hypercryptical says:

    Enchanting.

    Anna :o]

  13. D... says:

    You know I was just thinking about when you first started your blog. Your work was awesome them, but it’s taken such a wonderful shape. More and more fantastic each day my dear friend. There is such a wonderful calm in these words, like a soothing cup of tea (and you know how I feel about tea).

    • Firstly, many thanks for all your comments. I’ll reply to them all, honestly.

      You know, thinking about it, I finally focused on a single form. I occasionally deviate, but I always come back to this four line (give or take two) form more often that not.

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