PoetrySaijo YasoThe Crow's Letter
September 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm
Wonderful painting. It is so good to see your art getting exhibited. Have you thought of doing prints of your art so people could afford to buy them? i would love to have a print of this on my office wall. It is so vibrant I think it would transmit energy! The poem of course is also lovely, it unfolds on many levels. One can turn it over and over with fascination and keep finding new carats. For me, the best carat is the ominous turned sweet, even reassuring, the seasons as always going on.
September 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm
I agree with what Barbara writes: your painting is full of energy and vtality. It does suit the poem with emphasis upon the colour red.
September 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm
Norb you’ve thrown a curved ball. This is an intrigueing but difficult one to comment on. Saijo Yaso is Japanese and their mythology associates the Crow with love and gratitude. But Chinese legend has it that ten red crows were sent to bring light to earth but they also brought unbearable heat which caused Yi the Good Archer to kill 9 of them leaving the last crow to become the Sun. There you have it–a mixture of creative benevolence and malevolence!Much depends on how you read the message of the night of the moon–I read it as a cautious warning. If this poem carries this heavy burden–it is true Asiatic caligraphy. I may also be full of Excretio taurus!!! Phil Hansotia.
September 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm
Wonderful painting and poem. I just warm inwardly whenever I see a new Basho in my e-mail.
September 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm
how delightful to just open my eyes
and see it too
September 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm
I liked the art but didn’t think the poem worked, despite its good intentions. The opening lines are confusing to a Westerner. When you open an envelope you don’t read the envelope but the paper inside the envelope. I don’t find the reduction of the crow’s message of hills ablaze with red to a single read leaf particularly insightful or wise. No epiphany there.
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