The Buddha in the Bonsai Tree

It is in Boston
I know her from the past
She reaches … me across the room
Alone, I recognize her

She sips with lips I’ve touched before
Her drink’s light red umbrella twirls
We’re strangers now in distant worlds
I’ve not the nerve to broach her

A restaurant; (a secret spot)
‘The Buddha in the Bonsai Tree’
The pounding in my heart was taut
With tears I could not cry

For I was lo, a poet poor
And she a shining star
The world was hers to travel on
My humble cab outside

Her poise and beauty tore my soul
I’m not the man she longs to know
She shares her dining time with friends
Her laughter waves, i’m ripped apart

As she departed, our eyes meet
No recognition. nor my ghost
She glided, turned, and then descended
Down the flight of stairs

My window seat, parked toward the streets
Did call me to lean near and peek
My brow against the glass did rest
Her bright umbrella opened; red

And then, she paused; I felt my chest
Explode in worthless hope
She pivoted beneath my view
Then threw a skyward glance —that held

All of time and wonder danced
As if she had remembered
Fine as fingers drunk past lips
We looked into each other

And then as if there were no truths
The red umbrella covered
She hailed a cab. She stepped inside
And drove away forever.

The waiter came to clear the table
Where she just had sat
And as he passed me with the tray
I beckoned him to stop

“May I please?” I reached for it
And held it in my hand
Twirling it, he looked at me
As if I’d lost my mind

“Red” I said
“My favorite colour”

“May I?”
“For my memory …
She … It …This …
Reminds … you see? Never mind.”

“I’m through.”
I leave.

© 2008 C.C. Arshagra
From ‘The Poetry of Good-bye’ Series and collection (Unpublished work)
Based on and Inspired by The image below;A Collaborative work by Kara Rasmanis, Helen Mclean & Jenny Hall (Important: See descrition)

Currently unavailable for purchase

The Buddha in the Bonsai Tree by 

~ ~ ~
Art: the red umbrella
~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~

This poem is based on & Inspired by & written for the RedBubble Group “Collaboral Damage” The photograph that inspired it was a collabolal work by artists Kara Rasmanis , Helen McLean and Jenny Hall . Kara Rasmanis wrote in the Photograph’s description: “Another corset city shoot with Helen Mclean and Jenny Hall. The Shot was taken by Jenny and I got to play with it in Photoshop….”
~ ~ ~

The tale in the poem is fictional. So is the Restaurant in the title (I recommend Grand Chau Chow in Chinatown on Beach Street Um The Baby Clams in Black Bean sauce, and the chinese watercress umm – (Sorry, That’s why I ask you to read it first.) Outside of seeing this piece on Kara Rasmanis’s page,(via the Collaboral Damage group site) I’ve never heard of or met any of the three artists mentioned ans acknowledged here. Please contact these artist before includung there work. They are each one of three and would all respect your inquiry into receiving their individual blessingss. thank you.

My imagination’s hope is dreaming that yet another Artist will gather the sum of these three artist’s contribution (Self included) and create a work based on the sum of all here. Not forsaking any information offered by the descriptions. And then submit this to the group as a collaboral work. All to form a thread of artworks growing from a single image created by two artists-working-together. And then ask (In its description) for this to be furthered including the work and description (you) creates. Or the collaboration you enter into to do the same. My extended hope is that the moderator(s) comment on this. And in anyway possible, promote it, or the idea of I at least. It’s all about RESPECTING the sources of inspiration! Thank you all, past present, and future.

C.C Arshagra
JANUARY 15th, 2008 (Martian Luther King Jr.’s Birthday)


  • Peter Rivron
    Peter Rivronabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful Poetry.

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisabout 7 years ago

    How lovely, a story in your poetry – not so easy.

  • Tee Brain Creative
    Tee Brain Crea...about 7 years ago

    Fantastic poem to match a lovely photo – and Kara is a celebrity! (we knew that already!)

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneabout 7 years ago

    The words, rhyme and metre all fit the image so perfectly and the image IS the words … this is more than collaberation it is deep meaning!

  • C.C. Arshagra
    C.C. Arshagraabout 7 years ago

    Collaboral Damage has accepted this poem! A Big THANK YOU to the groups moderators Melissa Vowell and dabble.

    And believe it or not, I am grateful to them for not accepting a previous work. At first I was not sure why? Then I grew to understand. If you run a group which requires approval, the quality of you group’s vision must not fear rejecting works and hurting feeling. Actually this means Thank You for rejecting the last one. It only made me look deeper into what your vision of ‘Collaboral Damage’ meant. That make (You) the moderators part of this collab. My part was to not give up. Not walk away the wounded one!

  • C.C. Arshagra
    C.C. Arshagraabout 7 years ago

    Please Remember to Thank Kara, Helen and Jenny too.

    And thank you Peter for your comment & for your shot “Ghost Ship” which inspired "I will remember HER! And anaisias You are so special to bubble me with real timely typing corrections and err!, And pijinlane, you rock the art of commenting!

  • Suzanne German
    Suzanne Germanabout 7 years ago

    For I was lo, a poet poor
    And she a shining star
    The world was hers to travel on

    C.C.Arshagra – this is lovely. It reminded me of something from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (not even susre why)…just the longing and that red serviette….and the way you describe how different they are and how she will forget him and he will never forget her….awww….really touching – loved it!

    Kara, Helen and Jenny – thanks (for C.C.Ashagra)


  • Suzanne German
    Suzanne Germanabout 7 years ago

    I did go and take a look at the AMAZING image of the lady and the umbrella – all I can say (cause I said a lot there)…is WOW!!!! TERRIFIC stuff!

  • Rachael  Hope
    Rachael Hopeabout 7 years ago

    captivating and beautiful such a pleasurable read

  • Michelle Boyer
    Michelle Boyerabout 7 years ago

    Lovely work- holds your attention from start to finish and then even more

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.