View of Mt. Fuji, #84
by Len Krisak
But what’s a view without a joke or two?
Here, Hokusai half-hides his picture’s heart
Behind a net that’s risen like a sail.
Horizon disappears between the blue
Of water and a clear, light sky. Apart
From all (a fisherman appears to fail
To catch it) flees what seems to be a swallow,
Heading from the frame and just beyond
The kite of mesh that screens the holy height.
The man is just a hat and hands, his hollow
Vessel only curves nestling in the pond
And grasses. Still, one sees he’s caught the white-
Capped mountain– if those snows have been his goal.
Or has the bird escaped with Fuji’s soul?
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