Skinny Dipping Winter

IMG_8063Here’s the 8th installment of winter Haikus. My goal: a total of 107 Forest Haikus and mini ‘coyote’ poems over the winter, sharing in groups of about 10. (See the others: Fiddlehead Fern Plays an Early Note, Cricket’s Eye Point-of-View, Being Stalked By A Forest, Wings Like Boomerangs, My Tent is Leaking Haikus, Always Coming and Going, and Dancing Naked In the Rain)
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River flowing fast
taking winter into spring:
done hibernating
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Sweet purple fragrance
Oh, I wanna be a bee
kiss all your blossoms
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I can really breathe
in this circle of giants—
a deep in and out
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The form of each thing
unfurling fearlessly
like forest fern fronds
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Head in the water
your duck tail feathers up—
searching for something
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Two kids on one bank
me on the other, shouting
“Hey you over there!”
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Shimmering duck heads
good day for a skinny dip—
they don’t seem to mind
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A muffled morning
melancholy mist moves through—
only crows are up
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Clothes dry on drift wood
along the American
the land of the free
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A great blue heron
stands still in watery dusk—
sees his reflection
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Egret to the east
Naked man in the middle
Heron to the west

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Fiddlehead Fern Plays An Early Note

Here’s the 7th installment of winter Haikus. My goal: a total of 107 Forest Haikus and mini ‘coyote’ poems over the winter, sharing in groups of 10. (See the others: Cricket’s Eye Point-of-View, Being Stalked By A Forest, Wings Like Boomerangs, My Tent is Leaking Haikus, Always Coming and Going, and Dancing Naked In the Rain)
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IMG_7830Nettles in my cup
eastern light slides over plum
blossoms popping white
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In a morning mood
a choir of coyotes
sing the winter morn
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Early second moon
haikus in the morning frost
jays write them better
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Mushrooms emerging—
A Potawatomi word
has it: puhpowee!
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Pink in the morning
white and yellow with the sun—
daisy eyes open
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Music of the woods
fiddlehead of lady fern
play you on my tongue
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A fiddlehead fern
early note of forest spring
makes a tasty treat
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On the edge of flight
will she jump out of her nest,
Little fledgling moon?
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February moon
caught in the branches again
will she ever learn?
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Cold night, morning frost
only thing hot is my blood
on a low boil
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Mid-winter dream:
liberation by solstice
But first—bad habit

 

Dancing Naked in the Rain

IMG_7027I’ve been immersing myself in the Japanese masters, Issa, Bashō, Buson, Shiki.

The haiku form is deceptively simple–more difficult than it appears, if you want to abide by some traditional conventions.

My goal is to create a total of 107 Forest Haikus and mini ‘zen’ poems over the winter. I’ll share in groups of 5-10. Here are the first few:

Not the only one
dancing naked in the rain
joined by Mister Newt
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Going on a walk
enjoy your mid-day orgy,
lovely ladybugs
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Light from autumn moon
casting shadows from redwoods
across my bald head
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November redwoods
an unspeakable silence
jet engine roaring
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Look, there’s a rainbow!
covering my shit with dirt,
I’m in awe of both
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You dropped some feathers
Mister Peregrine Falcon
I’ll keep them for you
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Just a few days old
and walking across the sky
my baby moon
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I’m learning some things
Not sure what it is quite yet
leaking in like rain
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No protection here
November’s got me knocked up
with baby poems
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Deep autumn sitting
coyote yipping on verge
of liberation

Drinking the Season

IMG_6974November comes to the forest
as an ocean on the head

something finally dissolves
and a man turns to mist
as struggle takes its leave

most birds play it safe
but some brave birds still sing
the rain makes the kid in them
get up and dance

Their whistle and the tappity tap tap
on the roof of the 20 square foot hut
are the only sounds

though sometimes the man swears he can almost hear the moss
grow by the minute
greening boulder
and bolder yet

conquering the forest
with Greenness
and thereby
settling it once and for all

drinking the rain
as the night drinks the dark
and the man drinks the season

 

 

Gone

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“If we have become incapable of denying ourselves anything, then all that we have will be taken from us” – Wendell Berry, Leavings

all but the one redwood
gone

took only 15 years

an entire forest
of giants vanished
in a single breath

hills scraped clean
like a quick shave

leaving stubbled hills
to build the places
we love
called Oakland
Martinez, Benicia, Lafayette
San Francisco cable cars

grandchildren
circle around the
stumps–
little ones
compared to the mighty ones

32 feet in diameter
bigger than any ever known

but one remains
a reminder?
a ghost?
a dream?