Author Archives: Michael Chu

Transformation of Symbols

I was walking back at night to my dorm and slipped on ice because I thought the ice patch was water from the melted snow. Unseen— Melted snow reverts to ice Slippery Before I took this class, I have always … Continue reading

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The Bodhisattva Cycle

By Michael Chu On Sunday morning, I was lying on bed and didn’t want to wake up until I heard the bird chirp. Bird’s call— Draws From rest   According to Basho, the only way to perceive the unchanging and … Continue reading

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Ukiyo Redefined

By Michael Chu I was releasing the first sky lantern on Friday night for my lantern festival event at the Tisch Rooftop. Ignited lantern Past the tip of my finger Into the sky Ukiyo has a different meaning to the … Continue reading

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Nothingness

By Michael Chu I was walking to the gym on Sunday night near Halligan when a strong gust of wind blew and carried me along the ice. A snowy night— Wind blew Slid on ice Nothingness is everything, and everything … Continue reading

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Evanescence of Success

By Michael Chu I was walking to Davis square on a Saturday night and experienced the aftermath of the blizzard. Waist- deep snow Narrow pathway Footprints entrenched This week we focused on talking about the concept of ukiyo, the floating … Continue reading

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Emptiness and Ambiguity

By Michael Chu As I got off the bus stop and walked back to my dorm on Friday night, I realized how empty the campus was. Cold night, The bus leaves, Silence This week we moved from the concept of … Continue reading

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The Cicada World

By Michael Chu I was walking to mail service on Friday afternoon and saw the outskirts of Medford when I was near Olin. Beyond the hilltop, Houses behind winter trees, Ah, left unexplored. Professor Inouye kept mentioning evanescence and form … Continue reading

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