fuji yutaka miki-no jashin-o kakushi ite
covering the serpent
of its trunk
Yuko Kagiwada (1932-)
The purple clusters of wisteria flowers hang down in abundance in great cascades from the trellis or other support that the plant has climbed. Any observer's full attention will undoubtedly be on these dramatic blooms, but the poet has peered beneath to spy the great, gnarled, winding trunk of the vine -- appearing as a serpent hiding menacingly in the shadows.
Selected, translated and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay