Sunday, September 30, 2018

quiet
crickets
hinoki
smell
a car
a storm
passes
the wind
I awake
but no mind
tomorrow is here
voiced
unvoiced

mahjong tiles solitaire

unless they are outside
choices
may be blocked
unseen
no match for expansion

leave openings

forecast
change
to gain
momentum

A poor person makes their wealth by means of creativity.
Musa Dagdiviren

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Flow could be
as  signature,
as meme
or trope.
cupped and drank -
an
infinitely
renewable
you.

Friday, September 28, 2018

waking from a dream

first lisp

cloud clots

knot them.

now
a
new
skein

unfurl
purl

knit
stitch
stop

here




Thursday, September 27, 2018

...By not meeting fools, one could be happy all the time.

- 15.206 Dhammapada
Within
create rivers, lakes, seas -
stilled, smooth, tumbling or turbulent.
Flow green, expansive.
remain unharmed.
Distances, more than arms, are safe refuges.







Wednesday, September 26, 2018

note
her
32 teeth
or
personalities

chewing
real
into
pieces

how
much
is
enough

The child says
to her disease:

I love them.
...the good disciple themselves.
- 10.145 dhammpada

Jeong Kwan


among
plants
and
streams

you
wife
to
silence

childless
mother

stir the soy sauce

lift kim chee

see
life

for what it is



Monday, September 24, 2018

black ellipses
grey
they
hover
here
appear
behind
my eyes

Quercus myrsinifolia - コナラ シラカシ

collected ringed cupules - inspired a child to look at them































Quercus L. (コナラ)
Shirakashi (シラカシ, 白樫/白橿), bamboo-leaf oak
Sihra = white, Kashi = oak
→ the wood is white (the bark is black)

Life form: evergreen tall tree
Distribution: ... Japan (south to Fukushima Prefecture)
Habitat: in evergreen forests → climax species

Leaf: pale-white backside
Pollination: wind
Seed dispersal: gravity or cache by acorns
Utilization: street tree, wood, medicine (leaf)
Synonyms:

Cyclobalanopsis myrsinifolia (Blume) Oerst.

http://hosho.ees.hokudai.ac.jp/~tsuyu/top/plt/beech/quercus/myr.html

Sunday, September 23, 2018

the greenbriar
beckons

see?

fruit

new shoots in autumn
(an Ainu medicinal)

along the track
separating
one Yabe from another

a woman
responds

see?

she
forages

leaves

berries
for
birds


s m i l a x



つきみ



old fruit sellers
sold 

nashi 
for 
300 yen.

Oh my god
I said

Another woman
turning

ehhhh

repeats

Oh my god

Our 

faces 
wide and bright 
as 
moons.


つきみ (うつきみ)




ベジつ
Benjitsu

かねつ
Kanetsu

Kangetsu no Yube
かんげつ の ゆべ


うさぎを作るもち


Usagi o tsukuru mochi


Otsukimi (Moon-Viewing)


満月
Mangetsu is a full moon

but this one
September 24th 

is Chuushuu no Meigetsu
(the harvest moon / 中秋の名月)

also called 

Potato Harvest Moon

In mid- autumn
(Chuushuu)
a great 
a marvelous moon
(Meigetsu)

is waiting


September 24.

...the moon on the evening of the 15th day of the 8th month is called the “Chushu Moon.” 

In Japan, it is also referred to as the “Imo-meigetsu” in connection with agricultural events. From ancient times, people in Japan used to serve taros on the Imo-meigetsu. 

The tradition of viewing the Chushu Moon is said to have been transmitted from China during the Heian Era. In addition, the 13th night of the 9th month in the luni-solar calendar is known as “the 13th Evening.” In Japan, it is traditional to also conduct moon viewing on that evening. 

The 13th Evening Moon is also called “the Latter Moon,” “the Mame-meigetsu,” or the “Kuri-meigetsu.” This year the 13th Evening falls on November 1.

More than a few people think, “We can see a beautiful moon during the Chushu Moon; and the Chushu Moon is the full moon.” But, September 24 is the Chushu Moon this year and September 25 is the full moon. So, the dates of the full moon and the Chushu Moon are one day apart. In fact, the dates of the full moon and the Chushu Moon are often different.

How does this happen? In the luni-solar calendar, the “first day” is the day including the moment when the Moon passes new phase. The Chushu Moon indicates the Moon on the 15th day of the 8th month in the luni-solar calendar.

This year, September 10, which includes the moment when the Moon passes new phase (3:01 a.m.), is the first day of the 8th month in the luni-solar calendar. Therefore, September 24 is the 15th day of the 8th month in the luni-solar calendar.

On the other hand, the full moon is defined astronomically by the positions of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon. The full moon refers to the Moon when the Moon and the Sun are in opposite directions as seen from the Earth (the Moon is exposed to sunlight directly from the front so that seen from the Earth, the Moon looks round.) We will have the moment of full moon at 11:52 a.m. on September 25.

The dates of the Chushu Moon and full moon can be different. However, the Moon is very bright for several days before and after the full moon. So it should be impressive.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

rice and mountains


Ifugao deities

Mah-nongan - The chief god generally refer to as the honorary dead and creator of all things, even though Ifugaos do not consider any of their deities as supreme.
Ampual - Of the Fourth Skyworld, is the god who bestowed animals and plants on the people and who controls the transplanting of rice. He is one of those gods who expects gifts in return for his blessings.
Bumigi - In charge of worms, one of the eleven beings importuned to stamp out rice pests.
Liddum - Is regarded as the chief mediator between the people and the other gods.
Lumadab - Has the power to dry up the rice leaves, one of the eleven beings importuned to stamp out rice pests.
Mamiyo - Stretcher of skeins, one of the twenty-three different deities preside over the art of weaving.
Monlolot - The winder of thread on the spindle, one of the twenty-three different deities preside over the art of weaving.
Puwok - Controls the dread typhoons.
Wigan - Is the god of good harvest.
Yogyog and Alyog - Cause the earth to quake. They dwell in the underworld.



A Bulul, also known as tinagtaggu - anthropomorphized rice divinities  -  Ifugao, Luzon



tubercular queen




 Ifugao or Ipugao (also meaning "mountain people") 

pangur bán

"uncompetitive purposefulness"









t h o u g h t s



What use is your tangled hair, you fool?
What use is your antelope skin?
You are tangled inside...
just making the outside pretty.

26.394 Dhammapada


Friday, September 21, 2018

old
tree
street


c'est la saison
(it is the season)

for
eating

キツネ豆腐
(kitsune tofu)
the favorite of foxes

and

イナリスシ
(inarisushi)
sweet rice pockets

under a

sliced persimmon moon








Wednesday, September 12, 2018

procession



Imagine a frame, a fissure, darkness that emerges to sting repeatedly.

Darkness shifting.
Sight now sound,
a ship's horn, up river.
Pull the bridge up.
Let her pass.
Through the morning cool into dew,
cue eyes again,
toward
the green of tree and grass.


Morus alba in the shadows cut by elm.  Three-toed leaves let milky sap.

In early morning white, light and darkness stagger like bumblebees, pollen heavy.

Forward.

White splits garden to prism, light into day. Darkness composts itself.

Comes now chilled sounds.

Honey bees, signaled, return to hive, alive with food.

Wood was listening too, thinking soon sap slippage, dreams.

Seems things entangled so never fall, even in autumn, absolute.

The procession from one holy to another is a drumlin trail, a last sail on Superior, a warmer sock.

Rocks know it, sinking a little more into earth.

Meat bees, called yellow jackets, feed mother, young, then done, die. But not all, never a necropolis, no, a way station, a longer step to step, slow thickening with winter.

Imagine inner heart of hives ticking off slant, moon.

See sun on sumac, a stalled miner, drooping iridescent sweat bee.  A wasp stunned, immobile on frost aster.

I cannot forget their summer forage paths, these bees and wasps, or the heat arc of lignum green and shadow.

I map all fall processions unravelling into midwinter, web thin, on air, water, earth's skin.

Midwinter, this shortest day, begins repeat assemblage, frisson foreword, fractured billions - a body tree rebirth, an altered hive, insulate warm.

Arraigned, all of them. The lost summer sea, tree, wasp and bee, in solstice shadow found guilty as charged.

Imagine a cell, a sentence, darkness surging.

Forward.











waterfalls

saw them this morning rising

1
sign, meters long, deep, ragged.
Another nearby
high too, blue almost black
that sputtered spume
falling
water
(remnants)

2
sticks
nets
net
small scrolls
grow

I know now leporellos are possible in  Sagimahara.

3
drains straining with flow
though small
are not insignificant inclines

numeration is an absolution
a run-off
a penance repetition
culpable
shadows in the cascading
storm surges
urge,

"Look at the precipice."

4

light and dark are equal here
color too
it's through all of this
in turbulence
(these times are)

Monday, September 10, 2018

new moon
(Mars re-enters Aquarius)


monkey mind!
stop!

leading out the cow
now

one step
to

the trees

freezing fruit
for winter












The Fool: One may desire a spurious respect  and precedence among one's fellow monks and the veneration of outsiders...
This is a fool's way of thinking. His self-seeking and conceit just increase.
- Dhammapada 5. 73,74


see trees
one among


see bees
colony collapse


she
18 year old chihuahua


Blake's flea
godlike anonymity

there
where you are
see them

know we'll never rise above them





Sunday, September 9, 2018


Abɔərd
the bus
laud
kainds
of plei
Bɔis
rəude
thɛəre
to hiər
guərd
drums.


abundance

yellow plums
bees

yellow plums
chittering
raccoons

yellow plums
ruby crowned
kinglets

yellow plums
among the fallen fruit

Saturday, September 1, 2018

wayfinding



Foot
tongue
tusk -
cut by men.

Aligned -

North Star,
bone ponds,
stone tools,
prairie teeth.










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