Lilac Wine :: a warzone towards haiku

August 24, 2013

Extreme juniper bondage action

Filed under: Text — Tags: — Lilac @ 6:41 pm

Today I wandered through a bonsai exhibit and it seemed like D/s with shears and a little tree. The metaphor extended as I watched a gardener wind raffia and tie juniper branches into desired position; from cultivation to bondage and then to an entire parallel of attitudes towards nature and the natural. Hades and I have discussed how our inclinations are echoed in our driving styles and sundry other actions. Is there a basic root sourcing both submission as an appreciation of another’s nature, and liking the wilds where nature is mostly undisturbed? I like seeing the essence of things.

There is something like an art of bonsai in training another person to be small, cutting away their inclinations and keeping them a manageable size for miniature perfection. One masters the little tree.

Or perhaps one tends their garden so plants grow full and green; the metaphor shouldn’t be solely of miniaturization, only of tending. Sometimes it is nice to be watered and weeded. Other times it is best to seek the sun by your leaves alone.

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1 Comment »

  1. Two things about bonsai. The first is that the tree must be provided with the bare minimum to survive, but barely to grow at all. The container must be tiny, and roots and branches must be pruned. The second is that in such a tiny container, the water goes fast. If you see a hundred year old bonsai, someone has looked at the tree every day for a hundred years to make sure it has just the right amount of water.

    The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park was given a collection of bonsai trees. They did not have the resources to keep them small, so they planted them in a rockery. They are still pretty, but they are not bonsai any more.

    Comment by Andrew — August 25, 2013 @ 8:40 pm


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