white wigwam winter
Gitche Gumee waters wash --
dry Dreamtime summer
Uluru in distance dawns --
May 9, 2014
*These haikus are about creation myths, January being a metaphor
for beginnings. Gitche Gumee is the Native American name for Lake Superior, the largest and coldest of the North American Great Lakes.
It is a reference to the Song of Hiawatha, by Longfellow.
Uluru is the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock, the sandstone massif
in the center of Australia. Dreamtime, in the Aboriginal creation myth,
is a place beyond time and space in which the past, present, and
future exist wholly as one. As these two places are in different hemispheres, it is Winter in one and Summer in the other.
The two haikus are intended to contrast opposites, hot/cold, wet/dry,
winter/summer, blue/red (opposite ends of visible spectrum)
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