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September 22, 2009   In Spring In Yoshino

In Spring in Yoshino

In spring in Yoshino we learned to slow our hearts

To the flow of cherry trees painting mountains

From the bottom to top

Each day a wonder as we

Climbed the hills to see more flowers

At night to effortless sleep

Then awake again to the laughter of children

On their way to school in the morning

The universal language of joy

Children moving in happy dance

Uniforms crisp white, blue,

In Yoshino we drank tea

Beside koi ponds

Marveled at painter's strokes, dabs of color

Charcoal and orange the fish

Our hearts at peace like those lazy fish we were

Brushing effortlessly against each other

Our bodies as one

Slowed, relaxed in time

Our lives a precious tea ceremony

While cherry trees painted mountains

We learned to slow our hearts.

March 10, 2010 - Painting With Koi

Alt Version:

Springtime in Yoshino

 

In Yoshino spring taught us how to still our hearts

To the flow of cherry trees painting mountains,

Each day a wonder.

We climbed to see blossoms,

our eyes moved by beauty.

Each day awakening to ripples of childrenís laughter,

their songs of universal joy,

their feet moving to the rhythms of

happiness and school uniforms,

crisp in whites and blues.

 

Tea in Yoshino, beside koi ponds

like strokes of some painterís hand.

Charcoal and orange koi brushing

effortlessly, soundlessly against one another

like our bodies, as one.

Our lives a precious tea ceremony

Under cherry painted mountains,

In springtime in Yoshino

Our hearts were still.

 

By Michael Campbell and Ma-Li Calder

For Mikesjournal#10 - We Met The First Time Like This

 

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