(untitled) #20

echoes empty ring

the immortals all perished –

cry of the white cranes

 

The Japanese for cry, nakigoe, includes ideograms for ‘mouth’ and ‘bird’*, hence this haiku includes a visual as well as an auditory echo of the now absent white (also known as Red-Crowned) cranes+, symbolic  of immortality (and therefore of Taoist immortals), such that both the mystics and birds now leave empty the landscapes they once shared.

*http://www.japanese-symbols.org/japanese-word-for-cry

+http://tribalshapes.com/categories/kanji/kanji-crane-the-bird.html

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