Foolish Bamboo

Resigned to the forest floor – 

Distinct from society –

Green bamboo extends skyward – 

Slim leaves rustle in the wind –

Tonbi soar high overhead – 

as sunlight warms the damp earth – 

A fool seeking detachment. 

-a seven seven mountain poem

That alone you are in the middle of a vast murmuring crowd. It may not be human but it’s everything else. – Alan Watts

Tonbi are hawk-like birds of prey known as Black Kites in English. They are very common in Japan as their numbers are stable due to both hunting and scavenging food patterns. They can be quite aggressive in open areas and consistently remind those picnicking that they are part of a much larger system and that it pays to keep an eye over-head.

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