Floating City VII

Ma Yuan-The Waving Surface of the Autumn Flood c1222

There, among the canals, every twist and turn
Leads to the unexpected, yet another splendour,
Riot of decadence, symbolic decay, hinting at danger;
Look upward though at the sun illuminating the water
Flowing past the grandeur hidden in vaults
Towards the ever present Island of the Dead,
Flooding the damned Cities of the Plain
Further still rushing beyond the Pure Land
To cascade inexorably onto the Other Shore.

Here, in this place's essence of impermanence, I taste eternity.

3 thoughts on “Floating City VII

    1. No you haven’t misinterpreted. I think that I what I was trying to drive at was that only by recognising that everything in life is fleeting, all happiness and sorrow will pass, do we comprehend eternity. Paradoxical but I love paradoxes.

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