To withstand an earthquake,
arcing in the wind,
dancing mysterious music
percussive, clinking, bell-like, windy reed
to become so useful as wood, paper, or diaper
disposable fork or spoon, paper-towel.
Life as One of the four nobles, 1500 in species,
powerful, sheltering, in just 7 years,
assemble raft or scaffold any structure, move along
and usher water
grow, once cut re-grow,
improving your roots, absorbing nutrients,
even becoming a vase.
However hollow, always full of utility and movement,
so to become your life,
to become a proverb, and a philsophy
to live as mighty as a tree
When I was in China, students from the University of Beijing met with me and I was given a Chinese name. Unfortunately I do not remember the whole name, but one part of the name had the word, “bamboo.” I had forgotten about it until I found some photos to share that I took when I was at the Botanical Gardens a few years ago.