Flame flicked through bamboo groves.
Light breaks on jade peaks.
A shard of bark without inscription
rests under bamboo flowers
that contains the universe,
and everything outside of it.
No tracks line the ground,
no burn marks the leaves.
Gibbons howl. Lamp light sinks. Wakefulness tangles
with tea smoke, drifts into moth laden airs. Cedar forests
spring from pregnant emptiness. Past emerald
sentinels bounds a dull colourless flame yet nothing
burns. The kettle whistles, the door shudders.
Since your last visit, a thousand-year tiger roar still echoes.
First image found here: http://www.likenaruto.com/reference-materials-creating-naruto/
Second image found here: http://www.lair2000.net/Unicorn_Dreams/Types_of_Unicorns/Chinese/Chinese_Unicorn.html
Love the last line!
Lovely, rich imagery. Thank you for this.
Love the rich imagery…reminds me of Africa, and all its mysteries.
I love the mystical eastern philosophy in the first verse. Of course its present through out the poem.
especially lovely close. Well done. k.
Mystical imagery…love the ending.
oh, i am in love with those last lines…. perfect
You wave your wand, Sky, and there is always magic. This is no exception. The images are rich and golden. Absolutely beautiful!!
for its genre…its a stunning piece…lovely really….