Two fledglings take flight,
young monks in search of wisdom
Soulmates since childhood,
Siddhartha and Govinda

Together in dreams,
apart in the waking world
feathers in their hearts
buffeted by winds of time

Rivers feed the sea
raindrops fill every stream
listen to the sounds
rivers speaking many tongues

Do rivers chant “Om”,
sacred mantra of Brahmins
mirrors of being,
perpetual becoming?

Siddhartha listens,
hears union in water flow
Govinda feels love,
his heart reawakes with joy

Spring rivers overflowing
singing then, now, what will be


In response to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Weekend Meditation #21 Out of the Box #3 , I have attempted a Choka, a Japanese form of any length in a 5-7 syllable pattern ending with 7-7.  I chose Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse as the theme, a beautiful spiritual fable translated by Hilda Rosner and published in 1951. I paired the poem with a picture of a local stream that I took at this time of year in 2016.  Siddhartha has been featured in several posts this month at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

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knots in my hair


My aging head

knotted curls
and tight frizz hedges

stone castle gardens
that fell from air

their dead weight
tears my skull

long silken strands
weaving nests

where birds of every kind
come to rest

some squawk and squall
as tin bells call

but when I dream
of open sky
of timeless places
birds of joy will be my guests


The beautiful painting is the work of artist Catrin Welz-Stein, featured by Lillian at dVerse Poets Pub for Tuesday Poetics.  Catrin Welz-Stein kindly gave permission for her art to be used as inspiration for our writing.  

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