Ikebana

leaf on stone

Ikebana (You without You)

Between frames, between presence and negation, authority.

If your body lies in the earth, why are you here?

Limits admired and sought: the way of the flower.

I pluck leaves from the lower half to achieve balance.

Shape and line detach, yet comprise the whole.

My father, awake in his chair, mourns quietly.

A naked twig forms one point of the scalene triangle.

Starkness implies silence, resonates depth.

Heaven, earth, man, sun and moon invoke your absence.

As you trickle through the interval’s night.

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Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangement.

chair

This first appeared on the blog in March 2016, and is included in my mini-digital chapbook, Interval’s Night, published by Platypus Press in December 2016, and available via free download.

15 thoughts on “Ikebana

  1. Pingback: O at the Edges, Robert Okaji, weaves powerful images with these words. – Commentary, Outrages, Prose

  2. I am familiar with ikebana. The amount of intention and reflection that go into ikebana, especially given the impermanence of the arrangement, manifests the traits of a true creator. Thank you for capturing this.

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