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Water Dragon

photo by Charles Blackhall

This poem by Shastri Dan Hessey was spontaneously composed about the water dragon during a Werma Feast in Boulder this past weekend.

Water Dragon

Under the stars in the ink-black sky
Ethereal breath
Gathers in cumulus magnificence.
Dragon’s thunder-heart beats.

Pitching down the mountain’s green slope,
A hidden waterfall mists and sprays where
Rainbows shimmer and
Dragonflies hover and dance.

Rains pound and leap,
Soaking vast verdant grasslands.
A herd of wild horses fords a swollen stream,
The Dragon’s veins flowing.

A white-haired man waits as his wife bends
over the well to draw moon-flecked water.
As they share the steaming tea with the shrine,
The night-Dragon sees the water-moon.

On the frozen snowy lake
One can hardly see
A white rabbit’s red eye blink.
Dragon’s thought
Is.

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Shastri Daniel Hessey has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1973. He began his study of the Shambhala teachings in 1977, and currently serves Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as a Shastri, or senior teacher. A former director of Shambhala Mountain Center, he is now a member of the Center’s board of directors. In addition to being a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Dan studies Chinese classics with Eva Wong, and is preparing to share his translation of the I Ching.

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4 responses to “ Water Dragon ”
  1. dennis mclaughlin
    Mar 3, 2012
    Reply

    beautiful
    nice imagery

  2. Linda V. Lewis
    Mar 2, 2012
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing Dan. Beautiful Poem. Here in KOS today it’s a snow dragon blowing fog breath, but smiling with icicle teeth!

  3. Jordan Quaglia
    Mar 1, 2012
    Reply

    Lucid and imaginative – Thanks for sharing.

  4. Betsy Pond
    Mar 1, 2012
    Reply

    Your tender wise strength warms me on this snowy Oregon morning. Deeply bowing to you.


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