Earth & Wood


You can’t find ivory in a dog’s mouth.


The mulberry is up on the mountain
The lotuses are in the marsh
I cannot see my lord
Only this mad man.

The pine grows high on the mountain
Flowers grow on marshy water
I cannot see my lord
Only a crafty boy.


What is real? 
The poem contrasts aspects of reality – 
bushes and trees on mountans, lotus in the marsh – 
with the vacuousness of the man. 
Can you tell what is real, 
or are you looking for ivory in a dog’s mouth?

©Loes Raaphorst 10/2005