Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27, 2013 Sunday Whirl #119 /Poets United #160

Calligraphy by Kanjuro Shibata XXNote:The pattern of the artist’s process is a circle.
One day
Always the first day
Always a beginning

The unbroken circle
Gather scarce resources
Jeweled colors
 Stuffed into tubes
The finest brush
Paper like skin

Revisit old ideas
Rooted in days gone bye
Weigh their strength
Count crows on the fence
Woven into patterns
Catching rain
To water the vegetation
That fills the garden
 Grows in your brain

 Left unattended
 The cells of the
 Heart are eroded
 Without the strength
 To begin again
Until the last day
 When the artist
 Breaks the circle and
This infomation from wikipedia.   This is about the Japanese word, Enso, which means circle.
Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an “expression of the moment” it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.
In Zen Buddhist painting, ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create. The brushed ink of the circle is usually done on silk or rice paper in one movement (Bankei, however, occasionally used two strokes) and there is no possibility of modification: it shows the expressive movement of the spirit at that time. Zen Buddhists “believe that the character of the artist is fully exposed in how she or he draws an ensō. Only a person who is mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true ensō. Some artists will practice drawing an ensō daily, as a kind of spiritual practice.”[1]
Some artists paint ensō with an opening in the circle, while others complete the circle. For the former, the opening may express various ideas, for example that the ensō is not separate, but is part of something greater, or that imperfection is an essential and inherent aspect of existence (see also the idea of broken symmetry). The principle of controlling the balance of composition through asymmetry and irregularity is an important aspect of the Japanese aesthetic: Fukinsei (不均斉), the denial of perfection.
The ensō is also a sacred symbol in the Zen school of Buddhism, and is often used by Zen masters as a form of signature in their religious artwork. For more on the philosophy behind this see Hitsuzendo, the Way of the Brush or Zen Calligraphy.
Prompt: one,  wove, scarce, revisited, rain, rooted,
crows, vegetation, last, cells, eroded, strength


erin said...

and how immediately i was drawn to this, annell. i begin to wonder more deeply what confluence directs this world. lately (and surprisingly) i have been drawn to haiku, basho more specifically. i had always rejected it before but now it seems to tell me something essential is at hand.


Laurie Kolp said...

Beautiful, Annell... thanks for the extra info, too.

oldegg said...

Mankind's age old search to express what is seen or felt is fascinating. What a gift we have to be creative in this way both in form and in words.

Claudia said...

Until the last day
When the artist
Breaks the circle and
Stops... what a wonderful close... i like how you spin the circle here..

Anonymous said...

Love all the added info Annell. It suits you and your daily studio practice (your own enso). Like how you both open and close the circle you have woven with these words. Have a wonderful day, my friend.


ds said...

I love this. The way you complete the circle and how it is juxtaposed (unintentionally, probably) with the photo of you filling in your own version of enso. But it is the words that draw here, within & without: "left unattended/the cells of the/ Heart are eroded"
Many thanks.

Gillena Cox said...

a very interesting write

much love...

Wabi Sabi said...

This poem beautifully and effortlessly incorporates the words. I enjoyed the poem's coming full circle and the extra information which enriched my understanding tremendously! Thank you.

Victoria said...

This is just stunning, Annell. I forgot it was a wordle because your use of the words was seamless. The circle of life is so basic a concept and your notes on the enso fascinating. Thank you.

A Cuban In London said...

I loved both the prompt and the result of it. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.


Je viens chez toi après être passé chez Erin dont j'apprécie la sensibilité artistique.
Je suis bien, chez toi et ton blog me parle ainsi que ce premier long poème lu qui accompagne cette peinture Zen.
J'aime, dans mon art, le land art m'approcher de cette philosophie orientale.
Belle soirée et à bientôt


brenda w said...

Brava, Annell!! I love the circle, and your take on it. I really love the phrase...paper like skin. Beautiful.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I think the enso, the circle, calls to all of us, but only some of us respond to the call. Obviously, you are one who is not content to leave unattended the cells of your heart. May the circle continue to be unbroken, and may you have strength to begin again and again.

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