Written for: Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #53 - Beautiful Words
(Posted by Rommy)
"Hello Word Artists and Admirers! In Japanese tea ceremony, it is customary to give your tools special poetic names. Part of the ceremony usually includes sharing the names of any special objects with your guests. The tea scoop used should have a name that reflects the season or time of year.
Since many of us students don’t have fancy scoops with special names, we’ll often just pick a name that works. For instance, in my last lesson of 2020, I called my tea scoop toshiwasure, which means ‘forget the year’.
For this week’s prompt, I’ve selected a few poetic names from Bruce Hamana Sosei’s book, 100 Beautiful Words in The Way of Tea. Pick the English version of one (or more if the mood hits you) to shape your words around."
Zuiun – clouds that predict good fortune
Shitamoe – plants sprouting under last year’s dried grass or under
Hatsuyume – the first dream of the new year
Uzumibi – buried fire
Ryokuin – green shadows (sunlight filtering through green leaves)
Hotaru-gari – go searching for fireflies
Tsuki-koru – the moon freezes
He walks and talks
smile. People see
a happy man sharing
joy with the world.
No one see the effort,
of his mouth to lock it
into position. No one
knows the rage he carries
in his heart. I call
his smile Buried Fire.
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