Mountain Haiku
From the 1997 Collection


blue canoe
    ducks drift alongside 
        in grass a crouched cat




pentax pal
    shot the mountains
        perfect exposure




icy water churns
    through canyon boulders
        falls to green pools




hands on mountain land
    my child's feet once knew 
        ghost house




Sierra Buttes lookout
    metal on crag
        liquid wind




250 miles north
    snow striped blue cone 
        that's Mt. Shasta?




down the mountain trail
    wild chirp in tall cedars 
        rattler!




far below us
    canyon walls of rock...
        twice the golden eagle




jump stump to stump
    winding mountain creek
        the cat springs behind



© 1997 Leslye Layne Russell

Haiku #1, 7, 8, and 9 were published in the
the September 1997 issue of One Dog Press.


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