Li Qingzhao - I planted a banana tree outside the window
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
I planted a banana tree outside the window; and already
its shade fills the courtyard,
its shade fills the courtyard.
Leaf after leaf, heart after heart
so full of feeling, some furled and some open
in third-watch rain, it’s wounding a heart among pillows
drop by drop of icy clarity
drop by drop of icy clarity,
with grief, and ruin, a far-off stranger
who can’t get used to the sound.