Ikebana-The Way of Flowers

Photo of Ikebana:  Wikepedia


shallow bowl or tall vase
intuition guides

meditative silence seals the elements

ornamental placement
of triangular formulation
symbolizes sun, moon, earth
perfect alignment
creates balance

Fred hosts tonight at dVerse with ideas on short verse–check it out:  http://dversepoets.com/2013/03/02/poetics-an-evening-of-short-verse/

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  1. Quietly lovely, as is the art.
    Have you taken classes. It’s been on my to-do list for about ten years now. LOL!
    Hope you are feeling great now.


    • No, I haven’t taken classes, but I would…I’m very drawn to this art form. It seems very much like a meditative practice to me. I’m feeling pretty good now, Jamie…thanks for thinking of me.


  2. nice…i wish i knew more honestly…there is a peace in your words…reminds me a little of a bonsai tree i had once as well…


    • Thanks, Brian. There’s a lot to learn about this art form…I just scratched the surface here but would like to know more myself.


  3. You chose a subject well-suited to the quiet, ruminative quality of short-form poetry. There is as much poignancy in the breath and silence created by the white space here as there is by the lines themselves– and the lines are beautiful, I might add!


    • Thank you, Ursa, for your most flattering compliment…I appreciate that. I have an attraction to those Japanese short forms and love the art of conveying an idea with few words. And Ikebana is like a meditative practice done with flowers and both are something I’m very familiar with…it was the perfect choice.


  4. Very nice…this is lovely Gayle…


  5. …the art of ikebana has so much symbolism in it… the way the colours are arranged… the kind of pots to use… the shades to apply… everything… perhaps the culture of Japanese are influential & affecting coz it is done with deep touch of realism… a naturalistic feel that can make one adore with such high quality of adoration a simple art like Ikebana… i once had a chance to enroll a 4 month class about Nihongos & Japanese culture & literature… and the experience somehow gives me a wider understanding of their way of life… smiles… great sensitive write…


    • Thanks for a great comment, Kelvin…you are a wise young man. I love much about Asian cultures. There seems to be a lot of discipline in their activities…like the tea ceremony for instance and so many other things. Ikebana is like a meditation practice…it is done in silence and each choice made is exact…fascinating to me.


  6. very cool. a lot of really nice moments/lines in here. Meditative properties are strong with plants and flowers, and love how you refer to the symbolism of the flowers, something I first came across a few years back and did some research on it, even wrote a couple poems about flower symbolism. Really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing with us.


    • Thank you, Fred…I’m glad you enjoyed this. I think I would enjoy learning more about Ikebana…I like the idea of the flowers symbolizing other natural elements.


  7. i find ikebana so fascinating…the seeking balance…the alignement of the elements..wonderful how you captured it in your verse gayle


  8. This is an idea I always had but I never acted on. I do think it’s really lovely to have a little green arrangement near where someone works. The words for this piece are carefully and thoughtfully chosen conveys the meditative element. 🙂 Thank you.


    • Well it seems like there are a few of us who would like to pursue learning this art form. I do like to bring little flower cuttings into the house regularly but have no training in ikebana…it would be delightful. And, thank you.


  9. To the creator, the meaning is the richest.
    Viewers and guests can enjoy the saturation
    of your heart into your work.


  10. Beautiful picture and accompanying words. I feel peaceful, relaxed after reading your poem.


  11. Such a lovely work of art ~ The symbolism in Ikebana makes it a rich and meaningful display ~


  12. Ikebana is such a delicate ar. You described its fragile creation perfectly. They always look so meditative. I have a vase that I use for creating an Ikebana tone when I cut my orchids.
    Sweet and gentle words, Gayle. Perfection ….!!!!
    namaste …
    Izzy xoxo


    • Thank you, my friend and happy to have you visit. Orchids in themselves seem to be quite “Ikebana like” just on their own don’t they.



  13. Perfect Balance.. Beautiful Art.. … as are your words Gayle ……. Hugs Sue


    • Thank you, Sue. A very intriguing art form don’t you think…I’m very attracted to it but I also like cut flowers just stuck haphazardly into a vase too! Hugs…


      • Me too, I especially love daffodils and tulips and just love how tulips bend in the heat of your home as they open up… Hope you are well… We are in the middle of another snow storm … Looking forward to Spring Hugs back xxx


        • Another snow storm and it’s so close to spring… I hope warm breezes are soon on your horizon, Sue. We’ve had an exceptionally warm winter here. I can’t imagine what summer has in store for us! xoxo


  14. It’s been ages since I did any of that. Maybe we should gather similar plant material and then have a go and see how Florida and the UK inspire and influence us. Bet you have a much greater choice of leaves and flowers right now.


    • That would be fun, Aprille. We had a very warm winter this year…most everything stayed in bloom. I do like to cut flowers and bring them in the house…but nothing like Ikebana…very informal.



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