'Companions in Solitude'
I often burn incense in my studio, it is a habit from my childhood. I don't know if it was because of being raised catholic or what, but I enjoy the ritual. I had used up my wonderful stash of incense from my trip to Japan. When I bought some new replacements downtown at Barjon's, I picked up a card listing the ten virtues of burning incense. 'A Companion in Solitude' was number four. Serendipity. Perfect title!
here are the rest:
The Ten Virtues of Koh [incense]
Compiled in the sixteenth century
It refreshes mind and body.
It removes impurity.
It brings alertness.
It is a companion in solitude.
In the midst of busy affairs, it offers a moment of peace.
It enhances a meditative environment.
When it is plentiful, one never tires of it.
When there is little, one is still satisfied.
Age does not change its efficacy.
Used everyday, it does no harm.
I left as negative space where the fish overlapped. Can you spot those sections?
As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!