Worth a Thousand Words: The wave

    Art by Katsushika Hokusai / Licensed under Creative Commons

    This is part three of our series called “Worth a Thousand Words,” where writers use a work of art as the muse for their story. These haiku by Brennen Bariso take influence from “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai.

    In the boat, we crouched

    Low, close to the oak and pine

    The ship, a cradle

    The moon pulls the waves

    Rocks us, like a soft mother

    Goddess, teacher, one

    The waves grow, we shrink

    Block out the roar, the water

    Hungry, open mouth

    Empty space beneath,

    The wave descends on itself

    Crashes like thunder

    The moon, her lesson

    Her beauty, strength, found at sea

    She rocks us to sleep


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