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
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