As you look along this path in the Muir Woods National Monument,
a protected redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest in Maarin County,
the first blue-jacketed figure you come to is that of Dr. Akito Arima, scientist,
educator, Japanese government official and leader in many areas, including haiku poetry.
Haiku poets were taking him on a ginko in the redwoods during his visit to San Francisco.
Here are some of the haiku that Dr. Arima chose at our dinnertime meeting afterwards.
circle of redwoods
the space at the center
a vanished ancestor
at the forest’s heart
sound of the stream
June Hopper Hymas
mated for life—