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Kata: Bus Stop

I love this
hill here        light       the mountain

            hidden like Fuji
in Hokusai’s sketches by a tidal wave
of fog

            which collapses
over habits of
waking up     coffee        standing for the bus
that re-enact themselves

            on every block,

re-enact

            :that bus for the standing,
            coffee,
            waking themselves up to

habits which collapse
                                    on every block
like a tidal wave
of Hokusai’s sketches

Hidden in fog,
                        the mountain
            light here
                        this hill I love

Credit


Copyright © 1985 by Forrest Gander. Used with the permission of the author.

Author


Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander is the author of several poetry collections, including Be With (New Directions, 2018), winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He currently serves on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. 

Date Published: 2018-10-22

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/kata-bus-stop