Watching as things arrange themselves in the changing light, the photographer with unobstructed vision sees them as they are. Appropriate images appear without struggle, moving with the flow of light like leaves in a stream, to be immediately reflected in a mind unclouded by preconceived ideas. ~Benjamin Hoff
“Mujo” refers to transience and is a central principle in Buddhist teaching: the world of appearances lack permanent substance, and all that one sees passes away as it comes, disappearing into nothingness. ~ Yoel Hoffman**
*Tap of Photography, Philippe L. Gross and S.I. Shapiro
**Japanese Death Poems, Joel Hoffman
as the winter winds travel across Wyoming’s landscape
the swirling snow releases its memories of you, lost upon Casper Mountain
its frigid touch awakens me to imagine your
aloneness in that wilderness of blinding snow
cries, deafened by the river of winds,
calling out in hope for
a human form to emerge out of the whiteness
the warmth of a human hand
the sound of a voice, comforting you
to accompany you home.
as I become lost within this winter’s swirling thoughts
the river winds tear into my soul
releasing tears arising from
the darkness of grief’s aloneness, seeking
a knowing to emerge out of ignorance’s darkness
you found peace
within a loving presence
that embraced you
and accompanied you home –
until then may refuge be found within the nature of things.
The goddess of the heart
embraces equanimity and joy.
toddler shoes in an antique store
Touching the present moment, we come to know the past created the present and together the future is being created. ~ Unknown
shoe lace I
Just as you unreel the thread from a spool,
I want the past to become present.
shoe lace II
The wife of Yoshitsune, a famous warrior in medieval Japan, wrote this farewell poem shortly after her spouse was deployed to the northern provinces where he later died. She offers to us our creative ability to mentally bring the past alive and into the present.
shoe lace III
… “Time goes from present to past.” This is not true in our logical mind, but it is in the actual experience of making past time present. There we have poetry, and there we have human life.
~ cited in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
shoe lace IV
In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means BEYOND to you!
I once wrote “As I hear the suffering within women who story their lives through the multi-colored threads of substance use, I find myself acknowledging a similarity within each of these unique stories with my own metaphysical search for someone, something, or some place that remains beyond the forever next horizon.”
My old village lies
far beyond what we can see
but there the lark is singing ~ Issa*
laramie peak II
The distant mountains
are reflected in the eye
of the dragonfly ~Issa*
The Sound of Water
Trans: Sam Hamill
with each lightening flash,
each roll of thunder, rice and
the world grow richer
seen in a flash
of lightening, the riverbed
looks utterly dead*
The Spring of My Life and Selected Haiku Kobayashi Issa,
trans: Sam Hamill
This plant resides alongside the gravel and dirt roadways of southeast Wyoming.
Her name is unknown.
Is she labeled a weed because her blooms scatter freely?
In this world,
blossoms scatter; yes–
but do bloom again.~ Inawashiro Kensai*
after hue and scent hinted
what was to come. ~Inawashiro Kensai*
*cited in: Steven D. Carter, Haiku Before Haiku
In a world
of lies–why not blossoms
that don’t fall ~ Sogi*
cited in Steven D Carter, Haiku before Haiku
IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE THAT MEANS ILLUMINATION TO YOU.
Roget’s International Thesaurus: applying color, explanation, learning, lighting, ornamentation, painting, picture, radiation, teaching
how colorless, now–
fields where I took bush clover
for my garden ~Satomura Genjo
winter’s slumber before January’s snow