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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

butterfly day




"Zen teaches that our approach to today determines our whole approach to life. The Japanese call this attitude lchi-nichi issho: "Each day is a lifetime."

- Philip Toshio Sudo







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by Charles Bukowski

the illusion is that you are simply
reading this poem.
the reality is that this is
more than a
poem.
this is a beggar's knife.
this is a tulip.
this is a soldier marching
through Madrid.
this is you on your
death bed.
this is Li Po laughing
underground.
this is not a god-damned
poem.
this is a horse asleep.
a butterfly in
your brain.
this is the devil's
circus.
you are not reading this
on a page.
the page is reading
you.
feel it?
it's like a cobra.
it's a hungry eagle circling the room.

this is not a poem. poems are dull,
they make you sleep.

these words force you
to a new
madness.

you have been blessed, you have been pushed into a
blinding area of
light.

the elephant dreams
with you
now.
the curve of space
bends and
laughs.

you can die now.
you can die now as
people were meant to
die:
great,
victorious,
hearing the music,
being the music,
roaring,
roaring,
roaring.




One of the approaches to life then: roaring, being the music.






This has happened to me a couple of times this season. I'm sitting in the backyard. A butterfly arrives. I dash inside to get my camera, but of course, when I return the butterfly is long gone.

But a couple of days ago, the butterfly waited.








“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought -
But no, a butterfly.” 


- Arakida Moritake





1 comment:

  1. Oh such beautiful shots! Love butterflies and there's something very special about that rare moment when we get to capture their beauty up close. It doesn't happen too often! On a walk the other day I spotted about 10 - but no, none would stop for a second to be photographed. It's a lucky time when they do! :)

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