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2017年5月28日 星期日

The call of Ra(拉的呼喚)

For quite a while, we have had nothing but grey skies, fuzzy fogs and even a black rainstorm or two.


So it's a real delight to see the sun again



and to follow wherever it casts its shadows


whether it also reflects





the hand or mind of man





or just the force of gravity





whether they are dilapidated




and abandoned


or is still spinning in the summer breeze


or lie crumbled up in a a confusing tangle


whether they used to be alive


or were once floundering in some unknown seas


or hiding their trembling life under some shells


or whether still full of life


whether they be leaves




which suddenly take on various hues


or flowers


whether they hang above our heads


or are content just to stretch themselves above other leaves
 

or merely lie listlessly on the ground


whether they were once elsewhere


or are still struggling for a place under the rays of Ra.


or simply basking itself in its light.


either solo or in clusters


I like the way the sun brings out the sheen of green leaves


or they way it confers a kind of quiet vibrancy to otherwise quite ordinary river banks


and especially the silvery shimmering upon the surface of small ponds 


I understand why Monet never gets tired of his pond.


Even an ordinary bamboo stick can look quite different.


It's always amazes me to find life and beauty in the most unlikely places
 

Can you believe it, they are spider like insects!


I was lucky


without expecting them, I saw two dragon boats making the rounds of Tai O this morning in an annual ceremony which now forms part of an accepted UN human cultural heritage