I've fallen behind on my plan to do a drapery study a month. (See January and February's studies.) I started this in March, but abandoned it because the paper was uncooperative--the colors wouldn't flow or lift.
Yesterday I thought I'd give finishing it a try--what could I lose? Though it didn't turn out as I'd hoped, it's not as bad as I thought it would be either ... And now I can moveon to my April drapery study.
From "Four Poems for Robin" by Gary Snyder
A Spring Night in Shokoku-ji
Eight years ago this May
We walked under cherry blossoms
At night in an orchard in Oregon.
All that I wanted then
Is forgotten now, but you.
Here in the night
In a garden of the old capital
I feel the trembling ghost of Yugao
I remember your cool body
Naked under a summer cotton dress.