greeting card: two cups
even if you are a thousand miles away, i hope you know there are always two cups at my table
- 5x7 card with a matching envelope & protected by a PLA plant based clear sleeve that is certified compostable
- eco friendly: 25% hemp, 75% post consumer, 100% sustainable, acid free, chlorine free, archival quality
- you can see tiny flecks of hemp fibers in the paper
- printed to order in the studio
based on kai's performance story 'songlines', this is a digital print of the original linocut & woodcut by Kai Skye created on April 18, 2023
The words used here are from 'songlines' a longer story kai wrote in 2004. Here's his poem excerpted from that:
I am the cloud & the green mountain waiting/ I am the still bamboo without wind/ I am the cricket each night that reminds you,/ who are a thousand miles away,/ there are always two cups at my table.
We've since heard from some of you that there's a poem from the Tang Dynasty (though it's more likely that it was written by Guy Fowles in the Tang style in his novel The Magus, since no other references to the Tang poem exist) that has similar wording.
We're pretty good about not using other people's words, since we have so much fun playing with our own. So, it seems this is one of those instances where the influence either slipped in without conscious intent, or was created independently after a lifetime of kai's study of the poetics of Taoism. All the same, we wanted you to know...