The Way Of Flowers

Nobody Knows Shit Nobody Lives Anywhere
nobody told the flowers to come up nobody
will ask them to leave when spring’s gone
— Ikkyū, Poem 139, Crow With No Mouth

A few Sunday morning Ikebana arrangements.

Michael Walker Ikebana 5.jpg
The staying power needed for lifelong practice and obligatory study is probably the hardest thing of all. One could manage in a fairly short time to learn the traditional forms of Japanese flower arrangement by heart or to copy them mechanically. But anyone who takes it seriously, discovers that the art of flowers evokes and requires a slow inward transformation and maturation. Only then can one go the ‘flowers’ way’. Everything else is contingent on this requirement.
— Gustie L. Herrigel, Zen In The Art Of Flower Arrangement