Friday, July 22, 2016

Alan Catlin: Hokusai's Views of Mt. Fuji

                    Hokusai's Views of Mt. Fuji

Tsunami wave,                                               
        the view everyone knows;
Mt. Fuji most of all.

Cask maker at his work
        kneels inside round circle
of wood; Mt. Fuji's snow tipped
        peak barely visible.

Indifference to primal beauty,
        a rich woman's choice.
Well beyond an empty window,
        an imposing view of Mt. Fuji.

Road warriors, merchants
        on horseback, porters,
bearers, all walking or resting on
        beaten path; beyond lean,
crooked pines: Mt. Fuji.

Boat man navigates calm waters
        on shore, workman leads
a burdened ass: wood for cook
        fires, heat, on its back;
Mt. Fuji amid a reef of clouds.

Rainbow bridge over well-
        traveled river: fishermen on
rocks near shore, trawling lines;
        Mt. Fuji and blue fade of
late afternoon.

Endeavoring to defeat roiling
       pulse of sea, a lone
fisherman casts; a flat sky
       with Mt. Fuji in it.

Dormant no more,
       the volcano inside
Mt. Fuji seethes; the red
       heart beats.

By the shore near base
       of Mt. Fuji, deep sea
fishermen fight the tides,
       what the waves embrace.

High tide flood plains
       where Shinto shrine
once stood; supplicants
       dig for clams in soft
sift of sand; Mt. Fuji
       framed by what remains.

ass't. ed. Tama tells us 
"Alan needs a post of his own for 'Hokusai' 
'cause it's worth it's weight in catnip!"
"and treats!" says Frosty

yes, and here it is
best to our friend Alan Catlin. . .

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen


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