Spring flowers
autumn moon
summer breezes
winter snow:

With mind uncluttered
·  this is  ·
the finest season!

-Wúmén Huìkāi





What rough beast?


Sun stands, turns
Persephone yearns – we chill
Vesta slakes dim embers, kindles fresh
Holly welcomes nascent Oak
Rhiannon ambles the dreamscapes:
A pax on all our houses


The phoenix hope
can wing her way through the desert skies
and still defying fortune’s spite
revive from ashes and rise.
~ Cervantes (?)


Zhuang Zhou dreamed as a butterfly
flying free, knowing no other.
Awakening, found himself human. Now: am I
Zhuang Zhou, who dreamt he was a butterfly
or a butterfly dreaming I am Zhuang Zhou?


The ballet centers on the journey of its hero, Prince Ivan. While hunting in the forest,
he strays into the magical realm of the evil Koschei…whose immortality is preserved
by keeping his soul in a magic egg hidden in a casket.

Ivan chases and captures the Firebird…she begs for her life, and he spares her.
As a token of thanks, she offers him an enchanted feather
that he can use to summon her should he be in dire need…

When Koschei sends his minions after Ivan, he summons the Firebird.
She intervenes, bewitching the monsters
and making them dance an elaborate, energetic dance…
and with the spell broken…the magical creatures
that Koschei held captive are freed and the palace disappears.

All of the “real” beings…awaken and…celebrate their victory.
~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Firebird


A dream ends: may a better begin
Inspire, circumspeculate, arise and soar!

Wishing most:
Timely re-emergence
into peaceable community
Health in flesh & spirit
Ecstasy in mystery
§    A benevolent New Year    §