thursday’s special: vernal

just being alive

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and the poppy

~Issa (www.haikuguy.com)

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“We humans have talented artist, but how can our paintings compare to your masterpiece of the four seasons? How could we ever paint such a compelling dawn or create a more radiant dust? We have great composers, but how can our music compare to your celestial harmony with the Sun and planets-or to the sound of the rising tide? We have great heroes and heroines who have endured wars, hardship, and dangerous voyages, but how can their bravery compare to your great forbearance and patience…” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Letter to the Earth

submitted in response to Lost in Translation’s photo challenge.

oh how I wish they would stay

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Tu Fu to Tao-Chien   Across the Centuries

Gone in a flash the bright flowers.

Old. How I wish they would stay!

Why can’t these present things

Be back in our younger days?

Drinking – sets free the mind

Writing – unfolds the heart

We would meet, Tao, in this thought

Though we cannot meet in time.

          ~Tu Fu (712-770)