On Ben Lomond - Seven Haiku

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1
Walking the labyrinth in June
Birds sing one onward
Ants see no obstacle in bare feet

2
Two roads to freedom
The beggar and the scholar
One takes the other gives away

3
By the waterfall’s chorus
Orange Kimono butterflies mate
Droopy redwood sapling

4
Fluttering in dappled sunlight
Tender green shoots
We conspire where it is cool

5
The swaying timbers
Wooden temple chimes announce
A loftier breeze

6
Burning sage on Ben Lomond
Each whiff startles the senses
Useless to appease the mountain

7
I found the monkey’s mask
Behind the moss covered gate
The mouth silent and free

 

A lifelong haiku practitioner, George Schaefer serves Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in support of pastoral care and aging concerns. He is a member of Abington Friends Meeting, PA. His son Colin lives in Santa Clara, CA.