Sunday, December 22, 2013

one part of wondrous existence

Be A Bud

Be a bud sitting quietly on the hedge.
Be a smile, one part of wondrous existence.
Stand here. There is no need to depart.

- Thich Nhat Hahn

I've been revisiting a book by W.S. di Piero titled, Shooting the Works: on poetry and pictures. (On the recommended shelf above). In an essay on the poet Hayden Carruth, he quotes a passage from The Sleeping Beauty, by Carruth:

"Transcendence is a pushing through the petals of memory and feeling toward the deeper centre of the flower." 

“Much has been said of the aesthetic values of chanoyu - the love of the subdued and austere - most commonly characterized by the term, wabi. Wabi originally suggested an atmosphere of desolation, both in the sense of solitariness and in the sense of the poverty of things. In the long history of various Japanese arts, the sense of wabi gradually came to take on a positive meaning to be recognized for its profound religious sense. ...the related term, sabi... It was mid-winter, and the water's surface was covered with the withered leaves of the of the lotuses. Suddenly I realized that the flowers had not simply dried up, but that they embodied, in their decomposition, the fullness of life that would emerge again in their natural beauty.” 

- Kakuz┼Ź Okakura

So, my thinking this morning....trying to get closer to ideas of transcendence. To the wondrousness of existence, and also to the fullness of life.

Not bad for a lazy Sunday morning......

Enjoy yours. Wishing you all calm things.

- Shawna


  1. So beautiful, Shawna. I was very taken by your title and, then, by the quote. What a very cool thought.

  2. Always...all ways....your words, the words you share, your photos are sustaining. It is hard to find any words to express what they have meant to me through so many days and now years, dear Shawna. I am very grateful for this place to come, your blog.
    I thank you for this gift.

    1. Can't tell you how much that means to me. Thank you, Edna.

  3. Thank you for this lovely post. I like the Okakua post - I should check out that book. Your photos are the perfect complement.


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