Saturday, 8 October 2011

Juniperus chinensis

Illusion of age, twisted with wire and pruned to conform,
Roots clawing down for life over rock;
Limbs dead and living framing allegory and emotion,
A tree captive in a clay pot....bonsai.

Bryan Douglas Cook October 2, 2011

Context for Juniperus chinensis

At a TREE Seed Workshop given by Mike Buckthought, I learned the beauty and purpose of classical Greek epigrams. This is my attempt to write one such epigram in this style on a personal passion....bonsai.

The classical Greek form epigram is 4 lines with 6,5,6,5 emphases.

Read at Tree Reading Series 10 October 2011

Photo is of a Juniperus chinensis (Chinese juniper) root over rock style bonsai: courtesy Artistic Bonsai Circle

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