22
Aug
09

Notes on a Japanese Drawing (after Hiroshige)



The fog a sheet of rice paper
My glance, a gesture, a sketch,
Draws inky crows flying
Two, three, five across the page
Blots of color absorbed and hairy

Pine branches layered between the scrim of fog
Shredding the weft, billowing the warp
Hand-made delicacy illusory
Grey-green silvery pewtered dew
Collects at the needle point

Shivering, shimmering diamonds drip drip drip
Crows again race toward a rendezvous
Murder in their throats
Fanciful storytelling one, two, three
Abruptly silent in the mist

Their trajectory spontaneous, purposeful
From branch to branch to branch
Diagramming a life
Laying down the ink line,
Redolent fullness of empty space.

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