When people see some things as beautiful,
Other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
Other things become bad. ~Tao Te Ching
My darling little rose flowers,
was it just a mere post ago
your beckoning red-violet
form & fragrance
How quickly conditions change.
Winter’s ice suddenly
freezing your natural blossoms,
hastening a return
to back from where they came.
Holding you gently
as you are, now.
Transcending dualistic ideas
of aging & physical attractiveness,
form & thought.
Grateful we are still here,
just as we are
during life’s last winter days.
Seeing myself in you
affected by cold & age.
Thank you for this time together,
eternally short & sweet.
Cold bringing appreciation of warmth,
thus I am sharing a Hawaiian Island memory, below.
A blessing song sang by students of Kanu O Ka charter school
while visiting the Hopi Reservation in Arizona in 2002.
They recorded this short a-cappella for my children’s radio show, “Shooting Stars.”
Aloha kâkou! May there be friendship & love between us all!
May hearing this gently rain warmth in our heart’s blossoms.