By: EarlB , 1:24 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Searching for spring all day, I never saw it,
straw sandals treading everywhere
among the clouds, along the bank.
Coming home, I laughed, catching
the plum blossoms' scent:
spring at each branch tip, already perfect.
-poem by an anonymous Sung Dynasty Nun
One thousand years ago
a Sung Dynasty nun
didn't take credit for her
inspiration, her duty not to fame
but to the service of feeling.
I read her words "…straw sandals treading
everywhere among the clouds…" and
I hesitated, re-read, re-read,
read but didn't understand
Was she searching for Spring in the
mountains, along foggy paths or did
she float into the sky, bee-like in search
of her plum blossom scent,
leaving her footprints in the clouds?
She found blossom's scent
and left her straw-soled footprints
of verse in my heart.
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