To early april
azaleas bloom in their full glory
From the Pacific
To the Atlantic
10.000 cultivars are propagated
In Chinese culture
The sixiang shu
Tu Fu‘s “thinking of home bush”
Are Highly toxic
And yet inspiration to many
In poetry and festivals
Sublimed by flashing colors
Family to the Rododendrons
In the shade of the forest line
“My Love for you grows as you grow.
I long for your wonders to be shared.
I listen to your words compassionate:
“Take care of Yourself for Me.”
Shall we have a cup of tea?
Sharing in stories long ago?”
Tu Fu –
Tu Fu (Du Fu), the great Chinese poet,