I was given a book. To hold it in my hands was magic.
Michael was studying calligraphy. Feeling the weight the title held my eye. I am Intrigued. I slipped the book from its creamy portfolio case wondering if I had washed my hands lately. A Japanese Scrapbook with toggle clasps. Remembering to be gracious to the presenter of this perfect prize, I kissed his cheek and slid away to a comfy chair. I turned the first page.
Words hardly ever embrace the unseen. Printed on a translucent, parchment-like sheen in subtle shades of gray black ink. I fell in Love with Kanji.
Tetsuzan Shinagawa is a contemporary Author and calligrapher. Each page of Nothingness: Talk To A Stone, has beautiful Graphics and Ancient Buddhist Poems. One of these poems struck, as I read, a note. A vibration from an Anonymouns 12th Century Poet. Oneness enveloped me. I felt connected to a spirit in a poem as if there were no time.
Every Day I want To Walk With God, Brightly, Fearlessly, As the Morning Sun
I felt as giddy as a two-year old on a sugar high. The dots connect. A fuzzing of the edges as I float between dreaming and sunlight. I am fully awake. Making a comfortable connection to my Poet I write to him on my time line.
Speaking to the Soul Offering a Lively Gift to the Spirit that Loves Life
He will see my echo. Writing poetry and painting pictures to a dead poet is like writing a message in sand. Might be a Silly waste of Time. This is my gift. Mine to unwrap, to use, to choose. What I do with it is a private matter between me and my Luvahhh. What you do in time brings meaning to time. It is electric and comes from energy that is known but not translatable. Like Japanese to English. Somethings are missing. That is the Art.
Stones hold thoughts. Poems carry Spirit. Music drives them home. In my life I will collect moments. String them together like a necklace of pearls. Love until I drift toward sleep. I am laughing like I have all my teeth. This time around is like a soak in a hot springs stumbled on during a hike through a rain forest. I rest in the warm bubbly jacuzzi of me-ness. Ahh! I’ll stay till my fingers turn white and wrinkly.
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