River Bend

on a cormorant’s wing
I dry this poem
touched by the blue river


river bend
carrying the deluge
on her hip


look at time
staring at herself
in the river

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, where Basho’s journey to the Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi) continues. From Oishida, Basho sails down the swollen River Mogami on a traditional rice boat, past thickly wooded mountains, glimpsing silver waterfalls.
Previous posts in this series are HERE

19 thoughts on “River Bend

  1. I’ve been following Basho’s journey through your simple and spirit rich words, a constant reminder of the power and magic of solitude, something I need at this point in life and so am grateful for the salve of your poetry.


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