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Blooms and  Blossoms 

This series takes a look at the journey flowers take to bloom and the beautiful spreads  they create, focusing on the flowers found on islands of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore,  and  Japan, as well as an impressive mushroom and a tree from the latter . Through the series I explore the conditions and surroundings of development as people like flowers change, grow, and blossom. 

DALL·E 2023-12-20 22.45.28 - A visual representation of the poem 'Meihua _ Ume - Plum Blos

              Meihua / Ume                              梅花 | Plum Blossom

Ice Off  

Ice On

 

False springs leading not to water but a renewed thawing period 

 

A second freeze 

 

Up through the Yangtze and into Nara Japan 

Baika parties run amok

The original Hanas for this Hanami 

 

The heralding of spring 

Windy woodsy branches painted a deep dark brown 

 

Ice filtering  them  creating glossy caramel hues 

Standing strong at the gates of 

きもん | Omote-Kimon

 

Flowering without leaves means

Trusting in advance 

What will only make sense in reverse.

Sakura ( サクラ | Cherry Blossom)  

Mono no Aware

物の哀れ

 

Flowers Blooming All at Once

Fully Enveloped in every  Pink

 

Purposefully Poignant Petals

Now Placed on the Ground

it is this transience precisely  that is the singularity of life

 

Truth: We are Beautiful when we Bloom and Blossom

 

When we fall

When we shift and shake as the winds guide us away

Willowing and wading downstream to new River Banks

 

In Beauty

Lies Impermanence

In Impermanence Lies Life

 

When we align ourselves to this

In Mind, Body, and Spirit

Our Kokoro 心

Becomes infinitely attuned to the rhythms of nature

Wherever they might send us next

DALL·E 2023-12-20 22.46.32 - A visual interpretation of the poem 'Sakura ( サクラ _ Cherry Bl
DALL·E 2023-12-20 22.50.22 - A revised visual interpretation of the poem 'Kirinomitake - T

Kirinomitake (キリノミタケ)  The Texas Star

 This Lone Star Shining Bright 

       Bursting Open 

 

      This New Grounding

      Dead Roots Giving Rise to its Glory

      Mornings of  Saprobic Revival

 

      Water All Around we Worship

      Drops Lifted creating Life

      Humidity causing a 

  

     Dehiscence a

     Dissonance a 

 

     Dis-alignment between its internal body and external state

     It hisses when it blooms as it expels spores

    The “Devil’s Cigar”

 

    It’s a Smoke Show at this

    Wild West Shootout 

  1. Bauhinia x Blakeana (洋紫荊) Hong Kong Orchid

  In this Wilderness this Orchid is Created 

 

            Hybridization creating a

Hythe in Nature

            

            Lonely Havens- 

            In this emptiness the Orchid Blooms

            Heaven on Earth

            Lo-Debar 

 

Progressive Leaves

Swirling Abound

Splitting 

Cleaving Cleverly

聰明葉

Surround Sound

 

            And  Decidedly 

            Asymmetrical 

            Simply Asymptotic 

            In its Totality  

 

Always Approaching 

DALL·E 2023-12-20 22.53.09 - A visual representation of the poem 'Bauhinia x Blakeana - Ho
DALL·E 2023-12-21 14.00.06 - A visual representation of the poem 'Plumeria Obtusa (鸡蛋花) -
  1. Plumeria Obtusa ( 鸡蛋花) Singapore Graveyard Flower 

       It’s This Infinite Revival En Vivo

 

           Spring to Autumn Blooms

           Sweet, Strong Scents 

          Blunt Leaves Obovate, Obviating 

          The barriers placed by time 

 

         Two years in this Slow Burn  

          Pruning necessary to create space for new sprouts 

          Infinite Regeneration

         Mugen Saisei  無限再

Urushi (漆) Lacquer Tree

 Kamazuri 

かまずり

 Layers and layers stripped 

 Inner bark

 

Urushi Kanna

うるし かっな

Cutting Across

 

Henzuke

へnずけ

        Cuts Lined up Horizontally

Now Oozing

 

Gooey Goblets 

Burning

Stinging 

Poison Oak

 

Sap Expositioned to

Oxygen 

Giving it a Breath of Life

 

        Unbounded Pi Electrons 

        Reactive Energy Allowing for its movement Through space

        Creating a Chain Reaction

        

        Polymerization

        A Hardening 

A Christening

A Darkening

Glazed and Glistening 

 

The Evaporation of Water leaving only Resistance

Lacquer

DALL·E 2023-12-20 22.55.44 - A visual representation of the poem 'Urushi (漆) Lacquer Tree
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