Poignancy: The Human Route
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.
Then what is the one pure and clear thing?”
“The Human Route” as taught by Zen Master Seung Sahn
This poem, its questions, speak to me of poignancy. The paintings in this portfolio are recent, images extracted from my life. The relentlessness of the pounding waves, the rose and its thorns, the view from my window, all tell my story. The last 18 months have been so full of joy and sorrow…ecstasy and tragedy… they all boil down to poignancy.