Water rushes, gushes and slides down smooth rock faces
surging through crevasses
broiling, toiling round turtle rocks and hidden dragons.
White water, blue dragons, Yellow Mountain.
Red azaleas punctuate the mountain green;
mauve wisteria adorns bamboo;
Huang shan tea patiently squats amongst flowering pines
listening to surging waters rushing by
Dedicated to ‘Jack’, who challenged me to write a poem while sitting in the rain next to Nine Dragon Falls, on Huang shan (Yellow mountain). May your sore knee be forever blessed!
Published in Camellia Cha’s book Curiosi-tea by Absurd Publications 2009.Also published by the Melbourne Poets Union in THE ATTITUDE OF CUPS: An Anthology of Australian Poetry about TEA, WINE & COFFEE, edited by Sue Stanford, 2011.