Thought a ghost for five million years
Dawn Redwood re-emerged a Hollywood starlet in the midst of World War Two— the threat of war igniting a chain reaction from Chinese aristocrats who prodded the remote areas of their country looking for protection in her sheltering limbs.
Known to those with scientific eyes only through stone impressions of fanning, praying arms yet honoured every day by those who also root in mo-tao-chi.
Known once as shui-shan—water-fir— interwoven with shrine and prayer, her ghost re-corporealized in gardens and parks across the western world
(with the transplant her name transformed from water to fire
achieving the desired appeal).
She grew as quickly as her fame, each fall shocking with bright burning blush.
Seventy years on, now a grand dame dripping with honours— she will, when prodded, admit to moments of desired return to her watery roots the whisper of prayer and the shelter of ceremony.