During the month of July, I am joining in on the river of stones. Each day, I will have my “ears, eyes, nose, mouth, fingers and mind open.” I will “pay attention to what is within me and outside me”. With this awareness, I will write a short observational piece of writing (whether it be prose or poetry).
I also participated in this project in January. January had me stressed because I was focusing on polishing amazing stones each time instead of on the act of paying attention and joyfully creating. This month, I acknowledge that not every piece of writing I write will be likeable, but will be worth writing down. Once the month is over, I will see if there is any more polishing I can do to these writings.
Here is my first observation in two parts.
With steady hands, I drink my tea.
Leaf bits swirl and settle.
Liu Fang’s pipa music plays
quietly enough to hear the chickadees calling.
A rainbow circles the teapot base.
Half-full of green tea, the sunlit glass.
My heart leaps with pipa music
and my tea ceremony trails on
into the dawn.
Before taking out my pen and journal this morning, I carefully read through Fiona Robyn’s book, How To Write Your Way Home. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing small stones.