ferns in long waves
spill into the rain –
doe in the thunder
|Da Vinci. Woman with Tousled Hair. WikiArt.|
March wind -
following the waves of my hair
Inspired by Paulo Coelho's "Way of the Bow". Here is the passage providing our inspiration:
[…] When the archer draws the bow-string, he can see the whole world in his bow.
When he follows the flight of the arrow, that world grows closer to him, caresses him and gives him a perfect sense of duty fulfilled.
Each arrow flies differently. You can shoot a thousand arrows and each one will follow a different trajectory: that is the way of the bow. […]
Henri Rousseau. The Dream.
Inspired by Henri Rousseau’s “The Dream”.
Rousseau wrote a poem to accompany his artwork:
Yadwigha in a beautiful dream
Having fallen gently to sleep
Heard the sounds of a reed instrument
Played by a well-intentioned [snake] charmer.
As the moon reflected
On the rivers [or flowers], the verdant trees,
The wild snakes lend an ear
To the joyous tunes of the instrument.
The name “Yadwigha” reminded me of Jadwiga of Poland. Some research on Wikipedia revealed that the woman in the painting is a Polish mistress from Rousseau’s youth. And since I was raised in a part of the world where being Polish makes one the butt of many jokes — knowing that this lovely lady is YADWIGHA makes my heart happy in about twenty different ways.
"Hatsuyume was extremely important because it would foretell the dreamer’s luck for the upcoming year. “In Japan, the night of December 31 was often passed without sleeping, thus the hatsuyume was often the dream seen the night of January 1. This explains why January 2 (the day after the night of the "first dream") is known as Hatsuyume in the traditional Japanese calendar.”
|Original: Odilon Redon|