Alpine “Haiku”

When the light is just right and the setting sun is starting to pink, the Berner Oberland is an exquisite marvel to behold from afar.


the mountain cannot move

for it sits upon a lotus

whose petals are tender


Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau

a Tripitaka of baskets,

and so very full of fish


each leaf of knowledge

peels back a clarion,

bells sound in a tower


things older than us

observe all the ants

scurrying so very fast


the glacier teaches

even a mountain,

the grind of permanence


and all those teeth

which chew upon sand

shall one day fade


a spring time meadow

so full of flowers,

brushes her hair


primroses and daisies

wait the passing snow

and then smile, radiant