Walking in the Kyoto Countryside

It’s been a while since I posted a poem as I have been very busy with life.  Now that things are settling down, I was able to write a poem based on some of the photos I took on my vacation to Japan.  I hope you enjoy it.

Walking in the Kyoto Countryside
by Jenny Katherine Luu

Wet soles walk
on a winding path
surrounded by weeds.
Footsteps washed away
by the pouring rain

Wind sings
with the rain.
Rain dances
on the umbrella,
on our faces,
on our bodies,
on the ground.

Rain falls
like jewels,
as we hop
to avoid puddles
reflecting
our soles.

Weeds, they waver
in the wind.
Raindrops cling to weed,
sparkling in the sun,
like lovers
afraid to let go,
like teardrops
about to fall
from the lid
of the eye.

In the distance, I see
a marshland, showered
with rain,
and a wooden bridge
with many legs
like a centipede,
extending farther
than the eye could see.

Washed with rain,
the bridge glistens
in the sun,
as if the surface
were covered with sweat
from bearing the weight
of all who crossed.

She wears a cotton hat.
She rides her bike
across the bridge.
I watch
as she passes me.

Here in the country,
there is no sound
but wind and rain,
no concept of time,
just you and me.

I watch the Earth.
I watch the grass.
I watch the rain.
I witness life.

kyoto-country

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Many Paths in Life

Everything happens for a reason.  A positive person will not dwell on things that she cannot control, but rather on things that she can.

Change is good.  Change is progressive.  Change is needed.  Change forces you to realize who you are, who you want to be, where you want to go, and what you want out of life.  There is a moment in time when you no longer want to stay stagnant, but to explore and to start a new adventure.

There are many paths in life, which will you take?

Path in Life
Will you walk into the darkness or out into the light?

Bridge in Darkness
Will you face challenges head on or go with the flow?

Air Tram
Do you have the desire to travel?

Air Tram Track

#Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: Week 4

The other day, I was downloading images from my phone and discovered 3 photos that I totally forgot I had taken, and I realized that it was perfect for this challenge.  I usually love taking photos of paths partly because of the composition and partly because it is a metaphor for life.  The path of life can be curvy and full of challenges, but you see a lot of beautiful things along the way, and when you get to the end of it, you feel accomplished.  Sometimes, you want to pause and stand there for a while.  Sometimes, you might want to retrace your steps because you had so much fun enjoying the journey.

A stroll in the park
A stroll in the park
An Amazing Bridge
An Amazing Bridge
SJSU Parking Garage
SJSU Parking Garage

You can join the challenge here: http://ceenphotography.com/cees-which-way-challenge/