HOMAGE TO HUANGSHAN: A SONNET
Aura of heavenly bliss when pass by;
Yet miss the lure and noise of mundane sky.
Tall peaks pierce above sea of mist and clouds;
Rhythmic sound of river flow below shrouds.
Ancient pines watch the rise and set of sun;
Welcome visitors with tea and brush fun.
Inspire poets and artists to hone their skill;
Look up, down and beyond the awe and thrill.
Rocks and pine resemble many life forms;
Legends claim disbelievers change their norms.
Emperors receive mandate at the peak;
At summit chosen one hears heaven speak.
Many entry paths, joy for all seasons;
Nature gives sermon to relieve tensions.
I have visited Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in China once only. It is a UNESCO Heritage site. After looking at the beautiful pictures of Michael Lai, in RETIREEDIARY, I commented two lines in his blog, but had decided to turn that into a sonnet. Thanks to Michael for the inspiring pictures again.