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Sunday, June 12, 2016

For the Peony Blossom (with a tip o' the hat to T.S. Eliot)

I am just putting the finishing touches on a new issue of the Tang Spirit Newsletter.   This issue features a poetic exchange between me and Bai Juyi about the peony blossom.  You can read the full issue here.    

In the meantime, here's a little taste.

For the Peony Blossom

Between the intention and the act
Comes this outburst of color
Right here at the plinth of summer

Between the idea
And the bud’s first forming
Between the ants’ travail
And the petals unfolding
Falls the blossom’s brief life span
     In the kingdom of the garden

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
The peony unravels

     Life is very short

Between desire
And satisfaction
Between abundance
And decline
Each peony manages to
Approach the sublime

     Here in the kingdom of the garden

As well (I might add)
This is the way
The world extends itself
From day to day
In brief dramatic display
And with a sufficiency
Of blessings for all

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Photos courtesy of M. Bridge

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