Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The World in a Cup

A pure wind envelops my body.
The whole world seen in a single cup.
Kokan Shiren
Some mornings, my cup seems to hold the whole world in its depths.  I fall in love with the tea and its earthenware vessel, with the battered oak table on which they rest, with the whole wide world and the deep blue space in which it floats, with my kitchen window and this tattered old life, all over again.

Then I sit down in front of the computer to write about the experience, and I simply can't get the words together to describe it.  I can manage one or two clumsy paragraphs, and that is all I can do - I craft a rapt little bowl of meager and woefully inadequate words to describe something vast and beautiful, something sentient and breathing and boundless and inexpressible. Emaho!

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