Monday, November 19, 2007

Patricia Prime: REED FLUTE CAVE

Lined along its zigzag length with stalactites and stalagmites in dazzling colours, the cave is known as the “Palace of Natural Art”. The entrance to the cave is distinguished by clumps of reeds, which the Chinese use to make flutes.

windy day
outside the cave’s entrance
strangers talk

The Crystal Palace of the Dragon King can hold a thousand people, and many crowded there during the war using it as an air-raid shelter. A great slab of white rock hangs from a ledge like a waterfall, while opposite another stalactite resembles an old scholar.

the silence
fills with the sound
of bats

Calligraphy dating from the Tang Dynasty is clearly visible on the cave’s walls. A gallery of sparkling rock forms a myriad of shapes and forms. We speak in whispers.

departing ―
camera focused
on the toddler’s grin

by Patricia Prime
Auckland, New Zealand

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