A Giant Bamboo Stalk
Bamboo Grove on Ortega Ave
Touch Bamboos for Blessings
Bamboo Trees Shade Sidewalk
Bamboos for Blessings
Walking up Ortega Ave in Mountain View,
I pass by a garden of bamboo grove
whose supple stalks sway to the sidewalk
creating a patch of shade where I rest.
Leaves rustle in laughter to the wind,
sunflare pours down the upper branches,
and is the immortal Han Xiang playing
his bamboo flute bringing forth the birds?
"Three Winter Friends" bamboos, pines, plums,
stroll through Chinese poems and paintings
Su Tung-po says "Before painting the bamboo,
it must grow first in your innermost heart."
Wrapping my palm around a bamboo stalk,
I'm transported back in time listening to
those seven sages of the Bamboo Grove
reciting nature poems while sipping wine.
Bamboo shoots spice up Asian dishes and
are the main food source of giant pandas.
Used to make chopsticks and art brushes,
with tensile strength of steel for buildings,
Bamboo trees can grow four feet a day
like hermit scholars in continual learning.
Four bamboo stalks are leaning outward
so I clasp my hand on each in prayer
May I be flexible yet firmly rooted,
bend and don't break under adversity.
May I be like the bamboo's hollow inside,
empty myself and let wisdom flow through.
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 7-30-2014
Sunflare through Bamboo Leaves
Sunflare and Bamboo Leaves
Hollow Inside of Bamboo Stalk