Dancing Iris

Winding River ~ Du Fu

“Each piece of flying blossom leaves spring the less,
I grieve as myriad points float in the wind.
I watch the last ones move before my eyes,
And cannot have enough wine pass my lips.
Kingfishers nest by the little hall on the river,
Unicorns lie at the high tomb’s enclosure.
Having studied the world, one must seek joy,
For what use is the trap of passing honour?

Dancing Iris ~ D.L. Roth

Soft Iris petals pirouette in spring sunshine

Sadly they only dance for a day

Flawless beauty kissed by the morning breeze

My eyes cannot soak up enough gorgeous rays

Swallow hides under boathouse eves warming eggs

Friendly trolls live under the floating dock

Nature’s flowers bring happiness in old age

Beauty passes… no need to stop the clock

Photo; Dwight L. Roth

Today is UN Chinese language day. At d’Verse Laura asked us to write an interpretation of a Chinese poem and write it in our own form or the classic Chinese style of poem. She gave us a few to choose one from. I chose Winding River by Du Fu. I was inspired by this beautiful Iris I took a photo of last week. My poem is the second one. I tried to emulate his style. Hopefully it is close.

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63 thoughts on “Dancing Iris

  1. I adore the smooth flow of imagery in this reimagining, Dwight, all relating to the passage of time and its acceptance, but in the light of happy contentment. Beautiful iris photo, and a flower of a poem.

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  2. Dwight, I have been thinking about why flowers are so beautiful to us. I think that part of their appeal is that they last for such a short time. Your poem, however, is evergreen and timeless…so very beautiful! My favorite image is of the birds nesting in the eaves of the boathouse and trolls living there. ❤ The inspiration poem is lovely, but I prefer yours! Take care!

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    • You are too kind! I am so glad you enjoyed my inspiration rewrite! The iris is breathtaking. It was my muse!! The birds and trolls were a nice twist like his unicorn was in the original! Thank you so much!

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  3. Wonderful prompt AND you did a wonderful job, Dwight! I enjoyed reading both poems!
    Nature inspires, encourages, brings hope and beauty…and brings the birth of such beautiful poems from you!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…Irises are one of my fave flowers! 🙂

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    • Thank you for your kind affirmation! I love writing from what comes from within me. I am not a fan of writing form poetry for the sake of form and not inspiration. I really appreciate that you enjoy my posts.

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  4. Oh my 😀 this is absolutely stunning! I especially admire; “My eyes cannot soak up enough gorgeous rays/Swallow hides under boathouse eves warming eggs.”💝💝

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