Kyouka Suigetsu

For the Tuesday Platform at Real Toads. Kyouka suigetsu 鏡花水月 means in the Japanese, flower in the mirror or the moon on water. It cannot be touched, cannot be held in the hand. It means oftentimes something that can be experienced deeply but not expressed.

Kyouka Suigetsu
In this floating world,
this fleeting life,
love can be like
a vase of lilacs reflected in the mirror,
the footprints of the moon
on the water –
seen –
smelled –
but it cannot be touched.
It may be experienced
But it cannot be touched,
cannot be held in your hand.
touches your heart and moves on.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annell4
    May 08, 2018 @ 15:54:24

    Oh, the “touch of the heart!” There are many things, both love and loss, that cannot be expressed. There are no words. Perfectly beautiful!!


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 08, 2018 @ 16:24:37

    So many things are like this… and often so much more important than anything that can be smelled.

    It made me think of Plato’s cave actually.


  3. erbiage
    May 08, 2018 @ 16:29:01

    Touches your heart and moves in.


  4. Victoria C. Slotto
    May 08, 2018 @ 17:14:10

    I like the use of repetition, the imagery and the fact that there are some things we cannot define or hold on to.


  5. Magaly Guerrero
    May 08, 2018 @ 21:49:29

    The poem does a really good job at illustrating the description of the phrase.


  6. sanaarizvi
    May 09, 2018 @ 04:23:31

    This is soo breathtakingly beautiful, Toni! 💜


  7. thotpurge
    May 09, 2018 @ 05:51:23

    The more important things are never material.. so true!


  8. Jim
    May 09, 2018 @ 12:02:22

    Ah Gee, Toni, does it have to fade away? I like your pick, writing of something with kyouka suigetsu qualities.
    Once while playing golf my ball went into a pond as did another golfer’s. But when I got to the pond, my ball was perched on a lily pad. Of course it couldn’t stay. (I clamped onto it with my ball retriever before it fell off.)


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