Monday, May 10, 2021

my pond

 



fish in my pond
Hawaii
2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The present

 




The present... is a gift.


Pearl City, Hawaii
photo: bruce behnke 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021

Happy Lunar New Year 新年快樂!



Happy new year!

新年快樂!

May this year of the Ox bring health, happiness and joy to all of you!

 祝您身體健康,幸福快樂。



Tianmu Sanyu Temple

三玉宮

Taipei, Taiwan

台北,台灣

photo: (c) Bruce Behnke, April, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2021

something better




Sleeping in the Forest

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

~Mary Oliver



verse from Sleeping In The Forest
© 1978 by Mary Oliver

photo: Mt. Horaiji, Aichi Prefecture, Japan 
© 2019 bruce behnke

Thursday, January 21, 2021

waiting

 


一棵開花的樹

如何讓你遇見我

在我最美麗的時刻 為這

我已在佛前 求了五百年

求他讓我們結一段塵緣

 

佛於是把我化作一棵樹

長在你必經的路旁

陽光下慎重地開滿了花

朵朵都是我前世的盼望

 

當你走近 請你細聽

那顫抖的葉是我等待的熱情

而當你終於無視地走過

在你身後落了一地的

朋友啊 那不是花瓣

是我凋零的心

~  席慕蓉


A Flowering Tree 

How to make you meet me

at my most beautiful moment?

I have prayed for this before the Buddha

for five hundred years--

Where I beg him to let us form a bond in earthly life.

 

Buddha turned me into a tree.

I grow by the road you pass by every day,

Cautiously blooming in the sun.

Each Blossom is a hope from my previous life.

 

When you come near, please listen carefully.

That trembling of leaves is the enthusiasm

from my waiting,

And when you finally pass by,

What has landed around you, my friend,

Are not flower petals.

It is my starving heart.


~ Xi Murong



(Translation by Bruce Behnke)

photo: Narita San 'Buddhist Temple Garden

(c) 2015 Bruce Behnke

Monday, January 18, 2021

remembering


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. 

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


photo: moonset over Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

(c) bruce Behnke 2017


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

making the unknown known



Georgia O'Keeffe said that if something means so much to an artist that they try to capture it in an image, it is a step toward making the unknown known.

For her, painting clarified something she felt but did not clearly understand and gave her thoughts and emotions direct expression.  To that end, she often painted the scenery viewed from her backyard in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Her efforts are encouraging for all of us, travel restricted, to unlock the mysteries of our own backyards and, metaphorically, the secrets buried within our own minds.




photo: my backyard in Hawaii, U.S.A

(c) bruce Behnke 2021