moon painting

Won’t you sing?

I will get up and dance.

How can I sleep

with the timeless 

moon this evening?

~Ryokan (K Tanahashi: Sky Above, Great Wind)




In the mountain shade,

water in the moss

drips between rocks.

I feel a glimmer of clarity.

~Ryokan (K Tanahashi: Sky Above, Great Wind)


cache la poudre river

If someone asks

where I live,


“The farthest end of

the heavenly river shore.”

~Ryokan (K Tanahashi, Sky Above Great Wind)

Cache la Poudre River

The headwaters of the Cache la Poudre River, also known as the Poudre River, are in the Front Range in Larimer County.  The river descends from the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park through the Poudre Canyon before it meanders across the plains  of northeastern Colorado on it’s journey towards the South Platte River.

The name of the river (French for “Hide the Powder”) is a corruption of the original Cache a la Poudre or “cache of powder”.  It refers to an incident in the 1820s when French trappers, buried part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river during a snowstorm.

cited:  wikipedia


Would the flames of thought

that envelop your body

ever be quenched?

Never but of the blowing

of these cool winds.

~Saigyo  (B Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home)