Saturday, April 8, 2017

Where Poetry Begins

in midnight water
no waves, no wind
the empty boat
is flooded with moonlight
               -  Eihei Dogen

Basho and Dogen wrote with the precept, "Learn about the pine from the pine, learn about the bamboo from the bamboo."

Poetry begins with the outside world that teases the poet. Leaves, light, and longing connect.

Notice the nature of a blossom.

Bring attention to details and search for an original view that reveals playfulness, rebellion or courage.

Widen the possibilities with each line.

Discover surprise and unpredictability to add to nature's simplicity.

Observe. Reflect. Question.

Tiptoe into silence with open eyes, ears and heart.

Let the words mist with secrets.

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