7.01.2012

observance

A boy studies American history,
making magic-marker fireworks.
Thunder and lightning roll in
like a celestial 13-gun salute.

Kerry's weekend challenge to the Real Toads is to try out traditional Chinese Koan poetry.

10 comments:

  1. Very cleverly constructed Koan!! And just in time for the Fourth of July!

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  2. Oh such a wonderful koan! Are you in the path of that terrible storm?

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    1. no, not at all, just an ordinary thunderstorm.

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  3. Very apt for 4 July time of year, I'm sure. Yet there is something about this scene which strikes me as 100% true, which is in itself true to the art of koan: find the poetic in every day events.

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    1. smart reader. yes, just observing what was actually happening :)

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  4. american history, guns and thunder and lightning...quite a shock and awe moment.deftly captured.

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  5. I love the theme and how you wove it!
    The ending surprised me :D

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  6. I actually clicked over to read the Real Toads instructions, since I wouldn't know a Koan if it bonked me in the head.

    What I do know is that I love this, for the contrast of Nature versus the homey image of a boy studying and drawing. Perhaps especially because I can picture that boy at his art table.

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  7. Ah, it's been far to long since I've had the joy of making magic marker fire works (drawn upon my spittle splattered paper) - thanks for the reminder!

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  8. kapow! love yinz every one! xo

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