goraikou – haiku/haibun – July 20, 2015



from the mountain
the sun dawns from the sea
like a god’s daughter

mountain sunrise
we watch night leave the valley
above the clouds

from Mount Fuji
sunrise creeps over the world
a new day born

© G.s.k. ‘15

Living in the mountains, it’s common to watch the sun rise over the mountains, but unless one goes to the mountain, it’s rare to watch the sun flow from over the valley, illuminating the mountain. I think one of the most beautiful and difficult subjects to write about is a sunrise seen from a mountain top.  I can only imagine standing on the crest of the mountain, still in the dark, looking towards the east as the sun begins to rise over the horizon and in the west, darkness still claiming the valley below and there in the middle …

standing in darkness
as illumination dawns

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for: Carpe Diem #785 goraikou or sunrise seen from a mountain top 

7 thoughts on “goraikou – haiku/haibun – July 20, 2015

  1. Mountains and the surrounding regions, especially in Europe, or Asia, or here, in the Rockies, are incredible for sunrises. As you say – you are in one place, witnessing something, yet if you turn around, you face something completely different. It is a strange wonder to behold – as time unfolds in a way that seems to defy logic – but in reality, makes complete sense – as the geography and topography makes it so. But it is an odd feeling and sensation.

    lovely write 🙂


    • Thanks MJ … it’s like standing above a river on a hillside .. and very philosophical … kind of like Siddhartha’s experience. Glad you liked the post, this is an experience I would love to have.

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