Chinese Jar

 

A blue dragon curls  

around the contours

of this Chinese jar.

 

The jar’s lustrous surface

may signify

water, cloud, air.

 

The blue dragon’s roiling

and writhing epitomise

all of the powers that are.

 

The idea is held

in this stillness

of porcelain ware.

 

Note   I gather that in Chinese mythology the dragon is essentially a benevolent agent. Also that it is an embodiment of elemental or even cosmic forces. So what may appear to our western eyes as merely decorative and fanciful may actually express deeper and more serious issues.