Tassajara Source

Tassajara Source

A Poem by barleygirl
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inspired by photo . . .

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A raven’s hop into the Santa Lucia’s
sixteen miles from any paved road
oldest Buddhist monastery in the states
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center kneels
under spreading moss-draped oak limbs
by a burbling stream and artesian springs
first sought by the native Esselen people
for soaking in the hot restorative waters.

My kitchen window is a wilderness easel
where I can watch whatever wildish paint
sloshes over the ridgetops from Tassajara
one morning a never-ending raven flock
scours wine raisins from nearby wilting vines
or foggy tops with spilled-cream blots
tiptoeing mist piques the pungent sage
straw blossoms of California everlasting
waft wispy threads of maple-syrup tang
all the while peppering my refuge
with sacred boons in vibrant drops
or when the deep emerald of the ridge
is blunted by a thick gauzy downpour
thick streaks of wetness whitewashing
away all detail, leaving only wonder.

I soak in my natural blessings
being sent over the mountain
with love from a Tassajara source.

© 2019 barleygirl


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dear Margie... do you get your drinking water
from artesian springs ? It is fascinating to read the history
of Carmel and the natives that lived in that area at one time.
My son Robert and his family live in SLC, Utah.
They visit
areas where they enjoy natural Spas with their young children en tow.
Leilani is Navajo and loves to hike and enjoy nature. Your prose
story is a view of Ravens and their habitat. Thanks for broadening
my horizons. Soon there will be snow... we may have our first winter
snow on December eleven. The skies are grey with hints of blue.
We have black and white spotted woodpeckers with bright orange/red
heads.. outside our kitchen window. I keep our Birds well fed and
the ravens and squirrels have plenty of roasted peanuts. The Cardinals
are permanent guests at The Cardinal Retreat where we reside.
May your Christmas be blessed with the sounds of Big Sur and
Carmel by the Sea. Enjoy your Tea. truly, Pat

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Month Ago

We have wells here . . . the well I'm on is shared with four other households & is located about 20 .. read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

dear Margie... it seems that artesian springs could be a part of survival...
so research is .. read more



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I love it when you kick off your shoes slide in your chiffon dress, grab your feathered quill and take to nature.
I may need to reserve a room at Maggie's House Of Zen, I hope your rates are better than on Tassajara Mountain retreats,
As always you delight the reader.

Posted 1 Day Ago


I can feel the empathy of this poem barleygirl or the imaginative projection of the subjective. And by empathy, I hope I mean (einfuhlung) the process of feeling one's way into an art object or another person.
And when you thrust yourself into the second stanza, that of enantiomorphic structural images and the sheer power of observation, a sense of great joy came over me. I wish I was there, I mean, I wish I was with you there to share the beautiful.....great write....Poetry is such a different animal than stories. In poetry, landscapes don't enter.....dana

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Days Ago

This is a killer analysis! I'm in awe of how you can express all this! I spent 30 years in my head a.. read more
WOW! amazing what you see from your window...mesmerizing beauty! I love the phrase "My kitchen window is a wilderness easel"... and so it is with your detailed and perfect descriptions of birds, grape vines, deep emerald ridges (reminds me of my Blue Ridge Mountains), etc. GREAT write; yours, Betty

Posted 6 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Days Ago

Every morning, when the sun comes up on my kitchen window view, I look out & feel like I haven't qui.. read more
Betty Hermelee

2 Days Ago

Great! I loved the poem Margie!
this piece has such an ethereal quality to it..a mystical Zen tone with a serenity all its own..you let the reader experience this beautiful vision..love the inspired photo..lovely poetry here dear Margie

nice work

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Days Ago

This poem was one of the things that prompted me to tackle this book, which is almost done now, & I'.. read more
the poem has a very Zen quality that shines through, the beauty of Nature out side your window, constantly changing, a great sketch poem, painted well,

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

In my book, I'm telling a fictional story in my usual style of outrageous flippant disgusting yet se.. read more
Your words always create the wonder of your world, and bring me back to California. There is truly a bliss of this place, every scent, every sighing roadway. The mystery of life rises like a spring garden. :)

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Week Ago

Thank you for your kind words, which express how I've been feeling lately becuz I'm writing this boo.. read more
The ever mesmerizing imagery inked by your pen to transport us into the magic of the setting. We can live and see in those words of great description. Your words drop as the soothing pitter patter of the rain on our metal roofs. Time to dream now.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

Your review means so much to me becuz I've written about my kitchen view many times, each time tryin.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Weeks Ago

Wow. You are welcome. Happy New Year.
" the deep emerald of the ridge
is blunted by a thick gauzy downpour
thick streaks of wetness whitewashing
away all detail"

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


"foggy tops with spilled-cream blots
tiptoeing mist piques the pungent sage
straw blossoms of California everlasting
waft"

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


"My kitchen window is a wilderness easel
where I can watch whatever wildish paint
sloshes over the ridgetops from Tassajara"

Posted 3 Weeks Ago



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