Far From the Blazing Stars

Beneath a buzzing vault of viper skins,
I slither through the belly of a lake,
where my lean lower limbs morph into fins.
By Suijin’s deep grace, I swiftly make
my way past ruthless currents and begin
to transform into an enchanted snake.
It seems my life on land is over now.
I never shall return – to that I vow.


Suijin is the Shinto god of water in Japan.  This was written in Ottava rima form.

Sidelined Swimming


While hiking around Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) yesterday, I came across this abandoned pool that looked as if had belonged to a lakeside hotel property that had shuttered some years ago.   Lake Kawaguchiko is about a 30 minute drive from Mount Fuji and is located in Japan’s Fuji Five Lakes Region (富士五湖).