Kyoto: March

By Gary Snyder b. 1930 Gary Snyder
A few light flakes of snow
Fall in the feeble sun;
Birds sing in the cold,
A warbler by the wall. The plum
Buds tight and chill soon bloom.
The moon begins first
Fourth, a faint slice west
At nightfall. Jupiter half-way
High at the end of night-
Meditation. The dove cry
Twangs like a bow.
At dawn Mt. Hiei dusted white
On top; in the clear air
Folds of all the gullied green
Hills around the town are sharp,
Breath stings. Beneath the roofs
Of frosty houses
Lovers part, from tangle warm
Of gentle bodies under quilt
And crack the icy water to the face
And wake and feed the children
And grandchildren that they love.

“Kyoto: March” from Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems copyright © 2004 by Gary Snyder. Used by permission of Counterpoint Press.

Source: Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems (Shoemaker Hoard, 2004)

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Poet Gary Snyder b. 1930

Subjects Relationships, Love, Family & Ancestors, Nature, Spring, Weather

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Imagery

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Gary Snyder began his career in the 1950s as a noted member of the “Beat Generation,” though he has since explored a wide range of social and spiritual matters in both poetry and prose. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism. While Snyder has gained attention as a spokesman for the preservation of the natural world and . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Family & Ancestors, Nature, Spring, Weather

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Imagery

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