Dazu – China

carved grotto rubbing-02271-2


Carved grotto rubbing on mulberry paper over pen and ink drawing 8″ x 6″

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Alone on the bamboo bridge

hunched over from the weight of her pack,

an old woman layered in rags

wails her story to the trees.

Behind the dense green curtain of bamboo

her audience listens:

fifty thousand stone Buddhas,

donors, and Bodhisattvas,

carved one thousand years ago.

For a moment I leave Dazu thinking

of the opera house back home.

13 thoughts on “Dazu – China

  1. I love the combination of the rubbing and the ink drawing. It’s beautiful and the two parts play so intricate with each other. The little poem is lovely, too. Simply fantastic.


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