Thursday, July 14, 2011
Lines Of Communication
Mid-sky, an obi pleated with wires,
bird-speckled, droops over the road --- extending
into the trees. Untied, it shuns the customary knot.
There is only the sash, this distance between left and right,
ocean and stream. Your hand grips the wind
while mine fears losing the ancient poise
of a plectrum, collarbone of the goddess
Benzaiten. She moves among the bamboo leaves, restless
as my shadow in the urban twilight.
Note -- Benzaiten is the Japanese goddess of music. She is an ancient deity in Asian culture and noted ,in particular, to exist in a thicket of bamboo playing a three-stringed lute.