<The Tender Inner World
of a Saintly Poet>
From the poetry collection The Dream of a Butterfly
(Originally in English)
Lyrics by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Music by Maria Newman
Fever runs high.
Liquid rhythm, golden tunes,
Trembling senses and fragrant breath!
The bamboos in a garden corner
Sing glorious love songs...
Together, choir frogs around the lotus pond.
And the weeping willows blow elegant kisses.
The aloof pine trees and cool faced water quiver
Now glow with the vibrant power of love.
Time holds still.
And the worn out walkway forgives all trespassers!
Welcoming the Prince of Grace!
Whose melodious voice 's clear as the sound of a mountain spring,
And whose embracing eyes
Are blue as the water of the peaceful Azure Coast.
The flowers whisper:
"One would never want to see any other man."
*This poem was
set to music by Maria Newman and performed by soprano singer
Anne Marie Ketchum at the benefit concert “One World…
of peace through music.” The live concert, held at Shrine
Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA, was recorded on
CD and video.
Newman and Thatcher were struck
by the poem's
sensual and sincere portrayal of love
of the legendary composer Alfred Newman, Maria Newman is an effervescent
and talented composer, who has composed an orchestral piece around
lyrics of the internationally recognized poet Supreme Master Ching
Hai entitled "The Prince." When first reading Supreme
Master Ching Hai's work, Newman immediately felt that the strong
imagery created by the description of the poet's surroundings
at the time would be offered beautiful support by orchestral harmonies.
George Thatcher, an internationally
renowned trombonist and composer, has played in many hit movie
scores such as Jurassic Park, Men in Black and Toy Story. Thatcher
shares Newman's warmth for both the poem and the poet Supreme
Master Ching Hai, whom he describes as one of the most inspiring
artists and humanitarians he has ever come across. Both Newman
and Thatcher were struck by the poem's sensual and sincere portrayal
of love, which carries the obvious earthly awe of beauty and gentleness
so graciously alongside that of a deeper and more spiritual nature:
~by Elliott Davis,
The Orange County Register, Orange County, California, December
(Originally in English, excerpted from Supreme Master Ching Hai
News Magazine #102)