Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #21

#21 There is no way, there is no balance, All the world is chaos and injustice. Tradition insists that women are darkness, And men are lightness - but tradition is wrong. She was my light- my burning flower, Without her I reside in an eternal moonless night. Losing the last remnant of any love in … Continue reading Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #21

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Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #20

#20 There is a man who lives Halfway down the mountain. He and his young daughter of eight years Have joined me on walks by the river. She has taken an interest in my old pipa And I have taken her as a student. It is the greatest delight of my old age To have … Continue reading Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #20

Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #19

#19 My hands no longer work like they used to Stiff and achy, my fingers hurt to move. I long for music, but my pipa sits unplayed. I’ve carried it with me some days, Hoping to meet someone on the road Who can play me a familiar tune, any tune. AD886 龙火花 Long HuoHua Born … Continue reading Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #19

Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #18

#18 This lonely mountain house, Is the only place my heart can rest. I wake up in the cold morning light, And go walking the quiet wooded paths. Our country crumbles around us, But the world of men means little here. Emperors rise and fall; sons and fathers die, But the pines and peaks remain … Continue reading Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #18

Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #17

#17 We boil spring water to make tea, Sitting on a grassy knoll above the water. The waterfall continues as it has always done, Ten thousand years with little change. How many lovers have sat as we have, Happy and content above this spring? I'm a cautious man, But this woman's a water dragon. She … Continue reading Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #17

Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #16

#16 Dragons Scale incense fills the air, I watch her morning rituals from the bed. Two fools who found each other in this life, And yet she still finds the time to pray. Holy priestess of the mountains, Fragrant blossom of the most precarious peaks. She has been overlooked by so many men, But only … Continue reading Dreams Of The Tang Dynasty #16

Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #13

#13 Hua Shan Flower Mountain, beautiful and perilous How many faithful men have fallen from her face? Her elegance and danger make my heart race, Men weren’t meant to scale such peaks. My prayers are said between heavy breaths, At a lonely shrine on her western cliffs. Exhausted, I rest for the night in a … Continue reading Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #13

Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #12

#12 Perched on the cliffside, Overlooking a little mountain river. I shift my wine jug on the stone, Searching for a stable place to let it stand. Bare trees, and a cool breeze, A bird sings a spring song in the pines above. Such peace is rare in these uncertain days, But such beauty will … Continue reading Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #12

Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #8

#8 The fortresses burn - blood flows everywhere, Birds feast on the ruins of a grand age. I seek solace from the violence in the mountain's mazes, Eating wild berries; my stomach aches with hunger. One moment you are feasting and warm, The next moment alone, cold, and hungry. I sit by an ancient and … Continue reading Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #8

Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #6

#6 For Yu Gone now three long years My nights are long and cold without her. Executed at twenty six years of age, What cruelty to befall such beauty. Some blossoms fall from the tree when the time is right Others are cut down violently and trampled. Chang’An has become as dark as a moonless … Continue reading Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #6

Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #2

#2 For XinMei Her skin is as white and smooth as cream. Her hair, like a dark storm. She dances to an old mountain tune Wearing nothing but a white gauze dress. The cool air blows in through her open windows While we drink wine, and I write poems on her thigh. Her husband is … Continue reading Dreams of The Tang Dynasty #2

Dreams of the Tang Dynasty #1

#1 The moon shines like a phosphorescent pearl, Washing the pines and water in a silver glow. I've walked this wooded path many nights; Singing songs to the heavenly river above About this earthly river below. Sitting on my favorite rock, I write these words with water on stone, "How many years do I have … Continue reading Dreams of the Tang Dynasty #1

Lord Byron – Stanzas To The Po

Stanzas To The Po River, that rollest by the ancient walls, Where dwells the lady of my love, when she Walks by thy brink, and there perchance recalls A faint and fleeting memory of me; What if thy deep and ample stream should be A mirror of my heart, where she may read The thousand … Continue reading Lord Byron – Stanzas To The Po

Life’s Ordinary Glories

You are who you are. This life is your life. If you can't find happiness where you are You won't find happiness elsewhere. Joy is a state of being - It's a revelation - It's a taking off of the veil - An opening of your eyes for the millionth time. The taste of honeysuckle … Continue reading Life’s Ordinary Glories

The Ever Expansive Sky

Passionate fool, Why's it so hard for you To do as you ought to? Inexhaustible soul, Your heart, your life, Don't belong to you. The world is a mountain, A mountain on which you'll die, How far can you climb? Your days in the valley Are but memories down below So look not to the … Continue reading The Ever Expansive Sky

Flux

How many mornings - How many hours - Will you spend Sitting on your floor Surrounded by books In spiritual anguish? Unable to ingest a single word Rocking back and forth From the pain of separation. How long will you spend Trying to break down the walls you've built? When will you understand? When will … Continue reading Flux

May I Learn To Love You Like This

Too late I loved Thee, O thou beauty of ancient days, yet ever new! Too late I loved Thee! And behold, Thou wert within and I abroad, And there I searched for Thee; Deformed I, plunging amid those fair forms which Thou hadst made. Thou wert with me but I was not with Thee. Things … Continue reading May I Learn To Love You Like This

Music That Moves You #6

Some of my favorite tunes as of late. As always - LISTEN TO IT LOUD Shapeless - Wild Cub Open - Rhye Drive - Wild Cub MTN Tune - Trails and Ways What I Might Do (Kilter Remix) - Ben Pearce A Variation on Scotty Tails Madelain - Shigeru Umebayashi

Language is a Song

Language is a song Which rolls like grace off the tongue. A love song watered down into other uses And sung each day unenthusiastically. I wonder how exciting it was for Adam To hear the first words sung by Eve, And how melodically eloquent They were to his lonely soul. Those words, The realization and … Continue reading Language is a Song

Hills Surround Me

The hills surround me, and Tell me to live my life, Sowing the seeds, Tilling the land. Build a house below a hill, Bear sons, bear daughters; Plant pumpkins along the mud walls. Live like wild roses Live like wormwood. The hills surround me, and Tell me to live like clouds, Tell me to live … Continue reading Hills Surround Me