Beat-up datsun idling in the road
shreds of fog
almost-vertical hillsides drop away
huge stumps fading into mist
soft warm rain
Snaggy, forked and spreading tops, a temperate cloud-forest tree
hung-kuai red cypress
That the tribal people call kisiabaton
this rare old tree
is what we came to see.
Gary Snyder (1930- ), is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet best known for his fascination with ecology, his Buddhism, and his close ties to the Beats.