Footprints in the Clouds

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
her imagery.

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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12:25 AM GMT on April 13, 2014
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2. EarlB
12:23 PM GMT on March 28, 2014

yes, eliot knew that doing wasn't everything, living
isn't filling out a life-list, but understanding better what we are experiencing.

yes, "anonymously" is the most sincere form of giving.

it's always good to hear from you!

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1. Thoughtsteader
12:59 PM GMT on March 27, 2014
You know what caught me? She searched and searched -- but only after coming home did she find spring, already perfect.

It reminds me of T.S. Eliot's wonderful line:
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

And this is terrific: "her duty not to fame
but to the service of feeling." Just wonderful, especially in this fame and celebrity obsessed culture we have.
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