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The posings of a poet.

Ume, Matsu, Sakura


A Sargent Juniper (Juniperus chinensis var. sa...

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Writing is bonsai of the mind
    Taking nature and confining
                    The branchings inherent to each kind
         While contemplation intertwining
          Natural beauty will become
        True beauty only when
      Modified in accordance to some
Human ideal or whim
Whether pruning Old Crossing memories
         While leaving no trace of the artist
           Or focusing on stunning asymmetries
               Digging through roots that persist
            Miniaturizing grand themes of living
       While striving for overall poignancy
    The writer prunes and bends what he’s giving
And proportion provides the buoyancy
            And here we find New Arrival
             Planted Landscape that brings meadowtation
               Beauty breathes through her survival
And long term growth inspiration
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12 thoughts on “Ume, Matsu, Sakura

  1. Hadn’t thought about writing poetry in those terms…but is a similar process for some poems…well said.

    • And sometimes, you have to just let it grow wild and free! Thanks for considering my thoughts.

      • I agree with your last comment, Dan. I grew up in the country and when I moved to the city (for a bit), I was amazed at all the work that went into maintaining lawns, shrubs, etc. In the country, we abide by two rules – if it grows, let it. If it shows up on your porch in the middle of the night, love it. Very nicely done. ~ Bobbie

  2. Bobbie, this was an attempt to capture the idea that often inspiration is a HUGE, wild growing thing and the writer can only get down a pruned miniature version of what they see, but then sometimes…. Many thanks for your thoughts. ~Dan

  3. Pawan Hira (awakeningpsyche) on said:

    you have set an example of beauty here. your words blossom with the way you braided it with nature.

    “Human ideal or whim
    Whether pruning Old Crossing memories
    While leaving no trace of the artist”

    and

    “And proportion provides the buoyancy”

    these are great lines adding the depth to your voice, and beauty does breathe through her survival, 🙂

  4. ~R.L.King on said:

    How lovely was that!

  5. I’ve been so fascinated with bonsai as an art form, and seeing your use of metaphor really stokes my desire

  6. ahhhhh yesssss…..

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