Haibun ~ Lynn
Heavy falling mist--
Mount Fuji not visible,
but still intriguing
[translation by Sam Hamill]
First of October in Ruidoso, New Mexico. At the Adobe Gallery, I admire
two paintings of Sierra Blanca by Gordon Snidow. The first shows
the Sacred Mountain of the
Apache from the east, the side often seen by tourists.
forest green for pine
snow cool blue
In the other, Snidow depicts the peak from the western view. Ochre
and umber shade the foreground, but light strikes Sierra Blanca.
I long to see this view
of the mountain from the Tularosa Valley.
Like Basho on his pilgrimage to Mount Fuji, the next morning I journey
over back roads through the Sacramentos. In the upper elevations, fog
over the guardrail
Highway 37 drops through a curtain of fog into sunlight. I pass through
the historic village of Nogal in a canyon with the same name.
sun on cottonwoods
Tularosa Valley. “Sierra
Blanca Viewing Area.” In the distance,
the Sacred Mountain of the Mescalero rises between two lower mountains.
the summit. Gold gramma grass compliments the indigo of shadowed
mountains. Like Basho, I am not disappointed.
A day when Fuji
Is obscured by rain
[translation by Robert Aitken]
Edge lives in Texas and enjoys the RV lifestyle which provides material
for her writing. Her haibun have appeared in Rose and Thorn, Wilmington
Blues, Flash in the Pan, and Kaleidowhirl. Her haibun "Late Snow" received
an Honorable Mention in the Third R.H. Blyth Award 2004. Lynn is currently
working on a chapbook entitled New Mexico Missives.
2005: Simply Haiku