Mountain Snow

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Haibun Monday, "Cold Mountain"
(posted by Frank J. Tassone)

"Today, write your haibun on either one of the following options:

1. A Cold Mountain: the towering heights, frigid temperatures, majestic views, or existential challenges of a mountain. You could even go metaphorical, describing the cold mountain of overwhelming circumstances, or how we make mountains out of mole hills.

2. The Cold Mountain: a haibun that follows the influence of Hanshan (Cold Mountain), with his immediacy, concern for humanity, and deep devotion to nature.

Cold Mountain stands tall, proud and bejeweled in whitest snow.
Background noises are heard in the distance.  Ice floes
break apart, droughts kill land and bring starvation, floods swell, 
and cause destruction, and wildfires wipe out forests, homes,
and people. Extremes are caused by increasingly warmer temperatures.

Cold Mountain wonders if its coat will melt and flow into a deluge.
Is anyone listening?

     fish appear on shore
     covered with green slime in Spring
     their waters poisoned

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to Mountain Snow

  1. K.Hartless says:

    Powerful haiku to really capture this one.


  2. Sadje says:

    An important message Sara! The balance of life is being distributed because we don’t listen!


  3. msjadeli says:

    Cold Mountain is wise; she has seen man and his folly for millennia.


  4. Bodhirose says:

    My hope is that Cold Mountain can persevere and hold steady and that man wakes up and takes some action to start healing the wounds that have been inflicted on nature.


  5. 👏👏 Sara 👏👏


  6. Oh what a sad state in the haiku


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