Candor – Word of the Day


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I heard your footsteps pressing down
on surrendered cypress,
above the water singing over rocks,
gently seeking home,
just visiting this humble onsen.

I saw you emerge,
floating through the Hinoki,
its resin so sweet,
an offering in praise of your being.
Cherry blossom pink.

A ritual unfolds.
A pause,
a prayer,
as kimono softens the rock.
Your body supple as a young Sika,
graces the intimacy of water.

An open conversation
I hear with my eyes.
And, though my lips silently babble,
my heart speaks straight,
as my ritual unfolds.
A prayer …

©Paul Cannon


The Latin allows for candor to carry the meaning of brilliance, whiteness, radiance, naturalness and much more.

An Onsen is a hot spring, but has also come to include the bath house alongside. A Sika is a Japanese deer which is also a species common across Asia. Hinoki is a small cypress tree.




Filed under life, love, meditation, nature, poetry, romance, Spirituality

26 responses to “Heavenly

  1. Roda

    Beautifully written!

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  2. Really delightful … taken to exotic places today in the nicest possible way 🙂

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  3. JayMentor

    Wonderful. Loved it. Regards Jay

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nasuko

    It looks like an celestial [heavenly] maiden,Hwwwww ♡♡ :D

    Liked by 1 person

  5. lync56


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  6. This is wonderfully written!


  7. A beautiful, pleasing poem. Very good craftsmanship.

    Shortly after I came to Colorado, I fell in with a crowd of people half my age. One of our loves was to take road trips to a certain clothing-optional hot springs — a springs about a third to half of the visitors held sacred, though no one was promoting the springs as sacred.

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    • Yes, I get that, people knew it in the fibre of their being that it was sacred, no need to articulate publicly, but simply to hold and know. Perhaps the best way of all.


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