Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Willow Story

And so the souls of 
Hong Shee and Chang
came together
in breathless anticipation 

and under the incandescent moon
escape by boat
The darkened clouds roll in heavily and 
The angry sea comes roaring down
Waves rush in and wash over them 
Spinning, churning, and tossing the tiny boat 
As the star –crossed lovers drown in the stormy sea
Bodies bound tightly together 
Tangled by those ghost fish nets 
While floating in flotsam in the calm blue sea
Their souls now transformed into immortal doves
To live together - forever free.
Blue Willow Image by Willow
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23 comments:

  1. eerily beautiful, haunting, and lovely

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  2. You made me see the story behind the story behind the plate. And you did it so well.

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  3. An awesome poem and beautiful words, it gives the true deep meaning to the Willow plate story. Quite lovely.
    Christine

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  4. Love the "ghost fish nets" and the photo of the sea and clouds

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  5. Joanny, Love this post of yours. Like i love everything you put here. Your photographs.. your poetry.
    My immediate response to this, and instead of any more comments, is a post by me here :
    http://naturedigital.blogspot.com/2010/05/sunset-and-poem.html
    Have a great week.
    Costas

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  6. This story was pure magic..all beautiful..thanks!

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  7. Beautifully illustrated and written, Joanny. You've woven art and poetry together perfectly in this story!

    Rick

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  8. A very complex story told with delightful simplicity and lovely illustrations.

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  9. I love how you introduced the dramatic sea into the willow pattern tale. Beautiful, Joanny.

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  10. simply beautiful! your prose was exquisite and passionate, the photos were perfect!!

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  11. Excellent retelling of the story! You have a strong command of language. Well done.

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  12. Beautiful poetry to tell the legend!

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  13. The scene that this dazzling poem creates in one's mind is truly spectacular; two souls, hopelessly intertwined, struggling to grasp onto each other, battling against the raging waves...so powerful and majestic. This is a wonderful piece of writing.

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  14. you did a remarkable job painting the picture of
    your characters.
    awesome tale!

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  15. a wonderful retelling of the tale of the blue willow...great magpie!

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  16. Dear Joanny: What a magnificent poem, capturing all the elements and drama of these two "star-crossed lovers". Love your use of symbolism in the stormy sea reflective of the turbulent life of these two lovers. Ironic how the peace they did not find on the earth would be forever theirs in eternity. Indeed love conquers all! Excellent! Love the art pictures too!

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  17. Yes, I see them there...in the blue and white dimension. They found just the perfect place for their love to flourish.

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  18. So beautifully told. I just wish they didn't have to die.

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  19. Joany,
    You tell the tale like you were the artist who painted the porcelain plate and knew first hand what was behind the images. I enjoyed reading this "muchly." :)
    rel

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  20. Vivid and haunting. Loved it.

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  21. It's amazing to me the different themes that come out of just one photo! Forever together...what could be better?

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  22. This is my kind of writing. I love this,, yvonne

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  23. What hauntingly beautiful words! A very beautiful poem Jo! I really liked this Magpie..

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