Sunday, July 1, 2018

June Flying Carpet 2018

In this time of chaos and confusion*
Where you can't tell 
what's real and what's invention**

The primordial 
geometry of simplicity
will give a rest 
to the eye and the spirit***
Within the walls of the tea room
there is a moment
of orchestrated 
awareness and harmony**** 

The silent pause
before serving sencha tea
stops the swirling world*****
 Concentration on the perfection
of creation
helps us regain perspective******

Laughing with those we love
and empathy 
for the broken hearted
brings equilibrium******
*Meow Wolf
Santa Fe

**Meow Wolf
Santa Fe

*** Stage set for Madame Butterfly
Santa Fe Opera
Stage opens to allow the audience
to view a perfect sunset
(Thank you Anita)

****Strawberry Moon Tea Event
Jo Shin An Tea House Santa Fe
(Thank you Caroline)

*****Sencha tea event
at Tai Gallery Santa Fe
(Thank you Satori)

(Thank you Racine for all the adventures)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Flying Carpet 2018

In May the Flying Carpet says,
"I left my heart in Japan…
had to go back and find it…

I searched for it 
in the exquisite geometry
of shadows on Hagi walls

in the ancient ritual 
of Taikodani Inari Shrine
in Tsuwano

in the preservation of 
time-honored life way
in Omoricho


in the massive Shimenawa
at Izumo Shrine

in the indescribable perfection
of the Adachi Garden in Yasugi 


in the elegant simplicity  
 at Kennin-ji Temple 
in Kyoto

in the attention to detail
of each bamboo wonder


and found it finally
caught up in the branches
of the revered  cherry tree
at Senbon Shakado

But I left a tiny tiny bit 
to await my return... "

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Flying Carpet 2018

In April
The Flying Carpet
life as a waking dream
in Japan reflections

In Kyoto 
at Kitano Temple
the spent cherry blossoms
“carpeted” the ground

In Hagi 
at the Merchant's house
the garden 
was like a watercolor
upon the painted screen

In Yasugi
Hiro Ajiki, ceramic artist
and follower of the Way of Tea
reflects on his life
and his love 
of Rabindranath Tagore's poetry
in faded photographs


Long remembered
with amazement...
mother of pearl
Japanese and Chinese
Fine Art Curios

At Kawaii Kanjiro's 
Residence and Museum
mingei is alive and well


In the misty morning
at the 
Kyoto Botanical Garden
100's of species of begonias
intoxicated us in an abun-dance


and the lotus pond
paid homage to 
Harry Callahan calligraphy

One wonders and wanders
 in beloved Kyoto

Who was that Masked Man?

Special thanks to Esprit Travel
Steve first who began it all
Nancy and Andy par excellence
and the best adventurers all

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Flying Carpet 2018

  In March
The Flying Carpet
thinking of past Springs

in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
reflects at Jojuin Garden in Kyoto

wishes on wisteria 
at Monet's garden in Giverny

gets caught in a 
bougainveillea downpour
in Mexico City

gobbles Easter treats in Barcelona

 and dyes Easter Eggs
with Maia and Danny

Special thanks to our 
brave, eloquent and savvy 
young Americans

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Flying Carpet 2018

In February the Flying Carpet
cruised the clotheslines of the world
for all of you
who feel you've been exposed to too much dirty laundry
clogging your screens, eyes and brain

Monklet laundry in Thailand

Color coded laundry in Burano

Laundry to dye for 
in Luang Prabang in Laos 
at Op Pop Tok
Dragon Laundry??? at Op Pop Tok 
Laundry along the Mekong, Laos
fishing net and laundry
riverside village, Laos

Laundry against Lisbon tiles
and in the Alfama district
and against street art 
(Photo by Zack)
Friend Eugenie contributes Shanghai laundry
What did Frida's clothesline look like
in Mexico City?

The Flying Carpet hopes you feel
clearer and brighter now


Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Flying Carpet 2018

In January The Flying Carpet
"On the Road Again" 

and lingered for a spell in Denver.
At the Tourney Transportation Museum
there were many 
distinguished elderly gentlemen...
some creating quite a spectacle

some with Royal pretensions 

some swashbuckling, buttery, and suave

some dipsomaniac and smashed

and elegant bicycles 
caught in patterned stillness

The prow of the
Denver Art Museum
jutting into the sky

at the Clifford Still Museum

Hightailing it back to Santa Fe
for the Women's March

Special thanks to the William Havu Gallery 
in Denver
for their current exhibit Shape Shifter/ Zachariah Rieke