Friday, May 21, 2010

moon, flowers, woman, and wine

 

man moon

Well, my love is away, and we have been apart for over a week now, and two days to go. I am lonely but not too; after the conference and the very pleasant but busy visit with my brother and sister-in-law in Detroit, I am happy to have some time alone. Alone that is, but not alone. I have Guerlain’s princess Nahema, a blowsy dark friend who floats around me, whispering in my ear. I have a glass of wine. and I have the moon. And I have my poems, one of which reflects my sentiments tonight exactly.

Moon, Flowers, Man

I raise my cup and invite
The moon to come down from the
Sky. I hope she will accept
Me. I raise my cup and ask
The branches, heavy with flowers,
To drink with me. I wish them
Long life and promise never
To pick them. In company
With the moon and the flowers,
I get drunk, and none of us
Ever worries about good
Or bad. How many people
Can comprehend our joy? I
Have wine and moon and flowers.
Who else do I want for drinking companions?

 

I raise a glass to you all as well, my fragrance companions. Enjoy your Friday night, be it filled with joy and human companions, or with silence and more ethereal ones!

 

su tung p’o translated by Kenneth Rexroth

CREDITS:

painting by Liu Danzhian,  taken from http://wdtprs.com/blog/2007/09/27/

rexroth translation taken from http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/translations/chinese.htm

 

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And the winner of the draw is……

IMG_4835 I have odd religious beliefs. Although I am certainly agnostic bordering on atheistic when it comes to God, I do find myself believing in /paying close attention to other ‘supernatural’ occurrences. For example, I am a strong believer in luck, bad luck, the evil eye, ghosts (under certain circumstances), and fate. How I reconcile this belief with my lack of faith in the afterlife or in a higher divine power is unknown to me… : ) that’s just the way I’ve always been. Sometimes I think I would have made a good animist—I totally think the world is filled with different life-forces that inhabit it and exert their influence over us humans…

I am getting all mystical right now because I think FATE, for some odd reason, decided the winner of this draw for samples of rosy fragrances. Here’s what happened. I typed out all entrants’ names, and then cut each out on a little strip. At this point, one fell out of my hands—Fox and Squirrel. I wondered if that meant that I should consider the winner chosen, but I decided to be fair and do it the right way. SO I got a bowl and put all the names inside, closed my eyes, and drew……Fox and Squirrel again!! SO, F&S, the gods seem to have some strong opinion on this trifling matter! The samples are yours, and I will send them out posthaste as soon as you give me your address via email. I hope you like them, since you must have them---it is your destiny, apparently! LOL.

 

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