12/7/2016 Mt. Inari, Japan

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up down inari mountain
under winter sun

a thousand tori gates or more
painted orange & brilliant
how they glow within the forest light

green brown yellow red orange trees
surround

watch the leaves come spiraling down

we climb up & over
ringing bells
making prayers
lighting candles
tossing coins
&
bowing

a shrine here
a shrine there

some in the trees
some at the summit
some by a lake
some by the waterfalls

bottles of sake
porcelain foxes
stone foxes one by one

a crow
some cats
a raven

a psalm or two for old jakob-lee

bow in reverence for his birthday

he would have liked this mountain
this hike

liked the grilled pork belly at the bottom !

 

 

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