Thursday, May 10, 2018

Special Double Feature: "Sakura, Cherry Blossoms" & "Existence" by Howard Stein

Editor's Note:  Sometimes "life happens" and we are unable to make our week-daily post.  Such a day was yesterday.  My apologies.  To make amends, please enjoy this special double feature by Frequent Contributor Howard Stein with a special two-part illustration by our Art Editor J. Artemus Gordon.

"Petals" Part 1, Watercolor on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon
Sakura, Cherry Blossoms    
For Koji Takahashi:  mono no aware (“the pathos of things”)
Purest white,
Hint of pink.

Graceful blossoms,
Fragile blossoms,
You are on loan 
From the wind.
--Howard Stein

Poet's Notes:  Many years ago at the annual Symposium of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, I met Koji Takahashi. Almost immediately we clicked. We visited about psychoanalysis, organizational research, and the arts. I vaguely recollect that we spoke also about the beauty of cherry blossoms, the virtual national symbol of Japan.

"Petals" Part 1, Watercolor on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon
Existence
I exist in your eyes
until they drop me
and I am no more.
--Howard Stein

Poet's Notes:  This little poem is about how I have experienced several kinds of relationships: workplace, friendship, love. It is about the feeling of existing or not existing, which is far more than an abstract philosophical question for me--it is intensely emotional, physical, spiritual, and deeply embodied.

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