Friday, April 02, 2004

A hay(na)ku sequence for Gary Snyder

The
female is
not always fertile -

these
offerings are
testament to that.

Mounds
of coloured
rice left in

the
laps of
the carved gods.

At
night the
temple gates close.

By
morning the
rice is gone.

The
rich use
saffron & paper

plates.
All the
poor can afford

is
wild turmeric
& banyan leaves.

The
better the
gift the more

chance
of conception
is what the

priests
say. What
the priests say

is
not heard
by the gods.

They
have no
interest in rice,

leave
that for
the priests' dinner.

Their
concern is
with the yellow

fingerprint
stains left
by the women

on
the offering
platters. Tracing the

whorls
to see
what is written

there
of the
supplicant's future. "It

is
a difficult
dance to do."




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