At Loggerheads

A Time Celebrant

(Change cast December 31, 2022, 9:34 AM EST)

Town sign, damaged by shot gun

訟 (sòng)

Conflict

Hexagram 6

需 (xū)

Attending / Waiting

Hexagram 5


Another chair removed from the table.

Remove those leaves as well.

What is that? If they return?

If they return, they can stand

and watch till this plant has taken root.

Together we can celebrate

the first blossom.

From the village

musicians will be summoned.

The finest linens will be spread.

The chefs will work through the night.


(Time Celebrants, poems written out of encounters with the I Ching, The Book of Changes.)

In and Around the Lake

A Time Celebrant

(Change cast December 27, 2022, 8:08 AM EST)

Rust Pond by Richard Reeve

節 (jié)

Articulating / Limitation

Hexagram 60

夬 (guài)

Displacement / Break-through

Hexagram 43


All that time spent

prospecting for the source –

the fountain of youth

overflowing.

Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there.

The sought-after

hidden in a forgotten cave

no further away

than your thumb.


(Time Celebrants, poems written out of encounters with the I Ching, The Book of Changes.)

Yes: Roundabout

The Walls Came Down

A Time Celebrant

泰 (tài)

Peace

Hexagram 11

大畜 (dà xù)

The Taming Power of the Great

Hexagram 26

(Change cast using the coin method, December 1, 2022, 12:49 AM EST)


George's Oak by Richard Reeve

The Walls Came Down

In awe, this unexpected guest remains –

Who dares disturb the hushed splendor

with trivialities?

Come, sit by the fire

until the last log but embers

and your smile surrenders to yawns.

No need to rail against headlines –

the oak will revive come spring.

The unseen roots,

how far they must reach!

Child,

in days distant

you will recount for

your children’s children

tales of depleted shelves

in all the frantic markets.

Orion hung low in the sky

when the walls came down.


(Time Celebrants, poems written out of encounters with the I Ching, The Book of Changes. Here you can find an Introduction to the I Ching I wrote for those that are interested.)