Mortal Heaven

Walk down those corridors and the warm hands of history turn your head to meet the unbroken gaze of gods and goddesses, kings and queens, demons and apsaras, alive on the temple walls. Like a thousand and one Scheherazades, with enough stories to last several lifetimes.

But if you sit still and close your eyes, maybe you can imagine other tales – of a renegade sculptor who caressed his giggling muse as he chiselled the curve of a perfect blush, of the lotus that bloomed in the temple tank just to feel the air that spawned such magnificence, of the laughter of a primordial tide that left exotic parables on these distant shores.

What did the ancients know about the gods, that they conceived for them these mortal heavens of stone? What did the gods think of humanity, hundreds of years ago, that they wanted a reminder built of their greatness?

lost echo
searching for its source
asks where I’m from

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

9 thoughts on “Mortal Heaven

  1. Aha, this is almost a kikobun, which I like more than haibun, and is basically a travel journal entry, in haibun style. Beautiful prose, a always, in this form of writing by you, great balance, rhythm, lexical patterns, but where you excel is clicking the haiku and prose together. I find weak haiku the bane of many a haibun, too many are ruined by this. In the 3 haibun I read by you your haiku just makes it soar each time, and you are never greedy – some insist on writing a scond haiku, and thus guaranteeing to ruin a good piece. No such worries here.

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      1. It’s such a great form, when practiced well, and not that many people have the touch needed. Personally I prefer the Kikôbun, because it is really ONLY a literary travel journal, and at some level demands interaction with nature, as well as movement. A haibun might explore a ”state,” with an epiphany or discovery, but a Kikôbun does not.


  2. VERY well done – ! Elegant, sensual the questions worked very well too.
    I especially liked: “a renegade sculptor who caressed his giggling muse as he chiselled the curve of a perfect blush” — that brought a smile 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jen… have always wondered who posed for all the amazing bas-reliefs and sculptures in temples everywhere or if they came just from someone’s inch-perfect imagination! Either way, sheer beauty!

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