Lotus Flowers at Jogye Temple
On a humid summer night in Seoul,
I left my simple lodgings to inspect
The leading temple of the Jogye Sect.
Well, every night-time wander needs a goal.
What startled me on this nocturnal stroll
Was lotus flowers: I did not expect
Their raised leaves spread like wings, their heads erect,
Angelic glowing pink; that’s how they stole
Whatever show a temple may put on.
Roger, it was you who introduced me
To Jogye Temple on your trip – time flees –
To Seoul (where have the nine years since then gone?);
But Jogyesa had never quite seduced me
Till now. What might van Gogh have made of these?