Just stuff

May. 6th, 2007 05:20 pm
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i_am_zan (i_am_zan) wrote,
2005-06-07 17:20:00

Current mood: curious
Current music: sounds of Thomas the the Tank running on track

just stuff

i just found out whilst trawling for info. According to "Xuan Zang: A Buddhist on the Silk Road" (by Sally Hovey Wriggins)...that the journey to the west took 17 years to complete (although from the excerpt i found i wasn't sure if that was the round trip or just one way...of course he didn't have a jeep to take him and he didn't have a retinue- servants, friends, or companions whatever you wanna call them.

And he went to some really interesting places. He left China out of the gates of Lumen and via Liangzhou and Qinghai, travelled across the Gobi desert to Hami following the Tian Shan westward...Turfan--->Kucha...crossed the Tian Shan to Beda Pass...into what is now modernday Krygystan skirted Issk Kul and visited Tokmak and continued west to Tashken(modern day Uzbekistan) crossed yet more desert and morewestward ho into Samarkan and the famous Iron Gates. through to Balkh(which is today Afghanistan) crossing the Shibar Pass, into Kapisi (60km north of Kabul) and arriving in Jalalabad in AD630.

Changan (Perpetual peace) - also called Xian at the eastern end of the Silk Road.
Kinzan - is Ching Shan.

Incidentally there is amounted silk scroll at Kinzan-ji attributed to a monk there which reads

"The Dragon Comes Out of the Cave Accompanied by a Rain Cloud-
the 32nd descendant of Lin Chi at Kinzan-ji "
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Well, I did it at last, and here is my first S7 fic, a little tribute to the one and only, *fangirl sighs* Kyuuzou.

Disclaimer : Samurai 7 and all its wonderful characters belong to the great Akira Kurosawa and of late his estate. I only play in his playground and not for profit.

Almost… by Zan

Almost lightning almost thought
If none is needed, statue still
If none is needed, silent still
Breathe less, not breathless
Almost… dead

But for the light in the eyes
But for the hum of the blades
But for the wind in the air
But for the pulse of a heart
Almost… alive

Like petals lazily aflight, a dance
Floating on a breeze, brought hither thither
White flutters, stark against scarlet
Twins sing in unison, harmonising with the one.
Footfalls soft, sure, almost… feline

Join us do? No point, none
Therefore, we dance and we bleed
To mark mettle with metal
To taste life, to smell life
Almost… captivated

Diverging duties
Different loyalties
Duplicated maxims
Duplicate in desiring
Almost… promised

No need to wonder – I can wait
No need to watch – I will find you
No need to worry – I will live
No need for wiles – I am caught
Almost… ready

Perhaps, because they can
Perhaps because they wish to learn
Perhaps because for the fun of it
Perhaps because they seek redemption
Almost… the right reasons

Thus, they follow
As do I
From a distance
Hanging back
Almost… time to act

In sun bright sand
Amongst the rocks
In tranquil fields
Amongst the huts
Almost… there

What forces the hand of treason?
Inherent in each of us
So natural to cut out the disease
Clever, clever to show leniency
Almost… a lucky stroke of stratagem

Surrounded, such as we are
Surrounded by so much life
Surrounded by so much death
The fears, the sweat, the tears and hopes
Almost... life

As arrows ‘whirr’ through the air
As swords cut metal, flesh and bone
As rain and fire fall
One duty shared, one duty done
Almost… over

Still, more promises to keep
Still more wandering to do
Still more truths to sift through
Still more lies to bring to light
Almost… alone again

Therefore, still more following to do
Still more watching to do
Still more waiting to do
Still more thinking to do

Strike counter strike
Stroke and counterstroke
Protect purity
Truth and beauty
Almost … War

War wounds
Hurts, ills and kills
Fallen friends and fallen foe
Some promises cannot be kept
Almost… apologetic

I am sorry I did not wait
I am sorry now you need to hurry
Do not worry I will find you
Do not worry I will not forget
Almost… bereft

On a hill overlooking peace
Lies a thin wood of metal
Sparsely planted
Seeds of life to give life
Almost… victorious

Lightning thought
Statue still
Silent still
Breaths none
So ends the song of twins

Looking for harmony
In the tone of one
‘Smile when you find me again’.


Well this one is up over at fanfiction, but the quickedit swallowed up my verse breaks. Grr! Anyhow enjoy. First venture outside of Saiyuki, so cookies? rotten tomatoes? Tell me ok?



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