DAILY PHOTO: Blue & Gold Gate, Mangalore

Taken in Mangalore (Mangaluru) on July 11, 2021

The Tree of Now [Haibun]

One tree stands in the temple yard, slanting but stable, its bare limbs lazily spiral skyward. Its trunk is gnarled and its branches are twisted and it makes the old ruins around it look modern by comparison. The trunk radiates hardness, a strength from deformation, like the sinewy limbs of a laborer whose muscles are held in constant tension, until they can no longer know suppleness. Seekers of shade and enlightenment once sought its shadow, but now it can only offer a good example. 

leafless tree --
sitting in the temple yard,
luring Buddhas

DAILY PHOTO: Frangipani in the Temple Yard

Taken on January 16, 2021 at Virabhadra Temple, Lepakshi.