“Southern Wind, Clear Sky”: A Rumpus Original Poem by Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney

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Southern Wind, Clear Sky

Hokusai says the morning is clear, but it’s never really clear around Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is an active volcano, so we can never get entirely comfortable
People have their theories, but nobody knows for sure what the Fuji part of the name Mount Fuji actually means
Mount Fuji may not be red, but children will tell you the sky isn’t blue
In Japan, traffic lights are considered to be red, yellow, and “blue,” whether one is near Mount Fuji or not
The closer you get to Mount Fuji, the more unattainable it seems
Hokusai did 36 woodblock print views of Mount Fuji, but was never fully satisfied
This particular woodblock is a study in treeline and stratus over Mount Fuji
When the wind hits Mount Fuji from the south, the eye becomes restless
Those near Mount Fuji have longer life spans, but not because of their proximity to the mountain
The trees on Mount Fuji in the 1700s have been replaced by crowds of climbers in the 21st century
The rivulets, the rivulets on Mount Fuji are snow, not ash, I assure you
What if I told you no one has ever looked into the top of Mount Fuji?
There are 36 views of Mount Fuji; this is only one

- Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney


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