Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall Park
by Don Kingfisher Campbell
Refreshing turbulent spray on passersby
A piano of stepping stones ford wide river
Leafy detritus lines asphalt paths
Reflection of sky and trees in tranquil water
Dark branches reach up from flowery ground
Leaves spread out like fingers to catch sunlight
Take a photo, paint a painting, write a poem
PHOTO: Huangguoshu Waterfall, Guizhou Province, China. Photo by whoisgalt, used by permission.
NOTE: Huangguoshu Waterfall (Yellow-Fruit Tree Waterfall), is one of the largest waterfalls in China. Located in Southwest China on the Baishui River in Anshun, Guizhou Province, it is 255 feet high and 331 feet wide. The waterfall is a natural tourist draw, classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. Author Xu Xiake (1587-1641) described the waterfall as “the foams rise from the rocks like a mist.”
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: A well-designed park made for contemplation, or should I say a well-made park designed for contemplation?
Photo of artists at work provided by the author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Don Kingfisher Campbell, MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, has taught Writers Seminar at Occidental College Upward Bound for 36 years, been a coach and judge for Poetry Out Loud, a performing poet/teacher for Red Hen Press Youth Writing Workshops, Los Angeles Area Coordinator and Board Member of California Poets In The Schools, poetry editor of the Angel City Review, publisher of Spectrum and the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets writing and Deep Critique workshops, organizer of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, and host of the Saturday Afternoon Poetry reading series in Pasadena, California. For awards, features, and publication credits, visit dkc1031.blogspot.com.