Not for stilts

but as a cane

bamboo serves me now,

I who call to mind

the games of childhood ~Saigyo (BW, Poems of a Mountain Home)


How did

a dewdrop last? ~Kigen (YH, Japanese Death Poems)

How few our years of golden youth! How certain our gray years of age! ~Emperor Wu-ti

(The Jade Flute, Various; The Project Gutenberg Ebook)

Wind Kisses invites photographers to share images reflective of their relationship with over the hill.

As banked clouds

are swept apart

by the wind at dawn

the cry of the first wild geese

winging over the mountain ~Saigyo*

Sony RX1003 … F/3.5 … 1/100s … 8.8 mm … 80 ISO

*cited: Trans: Burton Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home

even on a day

when heaven and earth are still

ants hurry onwards ~ Mitsuhashi Takajo*

iPhone 7 … f/1.8 1/2083s 78mm 20 ISO: Edited Snapseed

Makoto Ueda, Far Beyond the Field

“With the sun of awareness shining in us, we can avoid most dangers–the stream will be purer, the music more harmonious, and the soul of the artist completely visible in the film.

~Thich Nhat Hanh, The Sun My Heart: page. 37

Nikon D750 … f/5.6 1/400s 98 mm

Hop on over to Amy’s to join this week’s lens-artists photo challenge: here comes the sun