Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Path Through Muir Woods

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

Paul Watsky

winter redwoods—
at the forest’s heart 
sound of the stream 

June Hopper Hymas

spotted owl
mated for life—
winter separation

Kay Anderson

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