APRIL 12, 2018

Songs for Cold Mountain

“…crowded ridges breath in snow

sunless forests breath out mist…”  – Han Shan, 6


Cold snap has hardened Lake Monona

to nothing but a sky’s mirror

under the Yahara bridges

the ducks waddle over cracked ice

where the water opens they leap in

and tip their tails to the distant sun

then plunge like hot arrows

to the bottom with eyes

like moons at midnight