Surrounded by sasa* now snow –
A tree bends from the earth –
As it’s pushed by the mountain wind –
Cracking in the dry winter air –
Emblazoned by the summer sun –
Creative harmony in the void.

-an eight syllable mountain poem

A forest floor in Nagano covered with Sasa

* Sasa is type of low lying bamboo that covers the open sections of the forest floor in the mountains of Japan. It’s name is onomatopoeic for the rustling sound the wind makes as it blows through it in the woods where it is found.

For more on the imagery reflected in this poem, please see Go Dai in Japanese Philosophy.