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In the Japanese Garden

They say there is a tree hidden in the Yunnan Province of China

that shivers when it is touched.

Like scarlet stars

these five-fingered leaves

of the Japanese maple

shimmer and shine

like five hundred

fragile hands

spilling silver and gold

reaching upward

and outward

towards me


with blessings

from the Bodhisattva*tree.

*One whose essence is enlightenment

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