March 2024

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Kyoto Crow Triptych

By Andrew Lansdown


Blacker than basalt

and yet lighter than pumice—

a carbonised crow

perched on a stone in a streambed

the maples have filled with lava.



It’s fair to say

that judging by the charring

the crow dunking

itself in the stream shallows

has dowsed the fire just in time!



Certain plumage

is more resistant to fire

than fall foliage—

already blackened, a crow

flies into the blazing maple.