Soul Art-Writings on the Pavement

Beauty from Nothing-Chinese Water Artist

This Chinese grandfather, in the greynesss of this Chinese winters day, with his young grandaughter in her splash of red, was using this brush dipped in water to write this text on the cold stone pavement. With the dull, grey backdrop of the day, this was a moment of enormous beauty and emotional colour, embracing art, communication and the best of the human spirit (as he knew this would disappear as it dried and yet he continued, undeterred). There was a ryhthmic beauty and spaced balance to it all. I wish I could have asked him what it said. I wish I could have stayed longer to breathe in the gentle movement, to be with him as he continued. I would have loved to enter his world, to know some more of him. Was he writing poetry, was he telling a love story, was he quoting from a faith tradition? And yet, standing in the unknown shared silence of this moment was enough and it has never left me. I wonder about him sometimes and does he know the effect he had on a stranger from another land and does he return to that place and repeat his performance, or is he like our modern day flashmobs who appear, perform and disappear, leaving you wondering about the orchestration of it all, never to re-appear in that spot again.


Bent over
You Draw

The child at your side
Observes and waits
And for once
It is enough
No need for more

The stranger before you
Watches and Breathes
Wanting to know
Yet accepting less
It is enough

Your world
Her world
They collide
And she for one is changed

Thank you for visiting. Live well, with love and kindness for all.

About mindfulness4now

Hello and welcome. I am mother, step mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend. My passions are my spirituality, life and people, reading, meditation and mindfulness, writing/journalling. I also love food, coffee, photography, and travel(near,far and off-road). I also have an interest in health(especially mental health). Welcome to my musings on life's journey.
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2 Responses to Soul Art-Writings on the Pavement

  1. Wonderful post – mindfulness indeed – what a precious moment, and recorded with such sensitivity – thank you for sharing this

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