Unfortunately I had a problem with reflections in the glass covering the image so the photographer and camera feature in there as well as the message! Not quite what I had planned for however I did want this text, along with the full poem to have a wider audience.
Given by Rev. Master Koten of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory, Vancouver. It hangs in the dining area of the priory as a reminder of the long standing connection between Vancouver and Edmonton.
Here is the full version of the text:
True friendship transcends
Intimacy or alienation.
Between meeting and not meeting
There is no difference.
On the old plum tree
The Southern Branch
Owns the whole spring.
As also does
The Northern Branch.