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From ‘The Poetry of Good-bye’ Series and collection (Unpublished work)
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Based on and Inspired by The image below;A Collaborative work by Kara Rasmanis, Helen Mclean & Jenny Hall (Important: See descrition)
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The Buddha in the Bonsai Tree

C.C. Arshagra

NEW BRITAIN, United States

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Artist's Description

DEAR READER, I FEEL IT WOULD BE A MORE DELIGHTFUL EXPERIENCE IF YOU READ THE POEM AND VIEWED THE IMAGE THAT INSPIRED IT FIRST. THEN RETURN TO READ THE DESCRIPTIONS TEXT —-FIRST LET IT WASH OVER YOU! —DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT READING THIS, PLEASE! ENJOY.
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Art: the red umbrella
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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….”
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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)

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