A Question

 

Low mist on the hills, drifting rain;

The Shrine desolate before pruned bushes
and leafless trees, reflecting absence;

Indoors the altar maintained, but at a distance
from the weather gods;

On the hillside the stream is in full spate, the still water in the well disturbed by raindrops;

The Yew tree shadowed below the steep hillside, the mist hanging not far above, three boles grow from the ivy-covered mound, the space between gathering darkness;

Real presences in real time or fleeting moments which Time does not disturb?

(see also COUNTERPOINT)