Regarding Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 2015

I forage the shallows, edges
tiled in lily pads where small frogs
startle into air, my feet content
with mud and grass. Water, silt stained,
cool. A long slow span lifts
to cross the river over banks bound
in trees – the farmer daily toils
its rise and fall to pasture.
His ox, rope slack, compliant.

Beyond the dear particulars of now,
September’s leathern leaves,
a flash of goldfinch in the oak –
sky rinsed to the indigo line,
I see Mt. Fuji tranquil
ascending.

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