The Sun Sets on Summer
Sweet smell of phlox drifting across the lawn-
an early warning of the end of summer.
August is fading fast, and by September
the little purple flowers will all be gone.
~ Rachel Hadas
Heading to the Hamptons to enjoy the last days of summer and we’ll see you just before September comes… Happy Friday, all!
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Our dear friends, Alison and Bo Jia, from Middle Kingdom, sent us this lovely poem that we had to share with our readers. This creative couple has introduced a new series of vases and bowls inspired by the reclusive Tang Dynasty poet Han Shan (“Cold Mountain”), who was know for his eccentric simplicity and love of nature.
Middle Kingdom - Cold Mountain Vases
sitting on top of a boulder
the gorge stream icy cold
quiet fun holds a special charm
fogged-in on deserted cliffs
a fine place to rest
the sun leans and tree shadows sprawl
while I view the ground of my mind
a lotus comes out of the mud
– Han Shan, 8th or 9th century AD, translated by Red Pine
(Copper Canyon Press, 1983)
Wishing you a week filled with quiet fun!
For more information on Middle Kingdom, please visit their website and see our May 2009 post on their beautiful Georgetown home.
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