ô mount fuji, fuji-no-yama
capped in winter white & grammar
ô mountain calling forth more words
than scales on fish or beaks on birds:
words western – stiff and straight and starched
as pattern, pitch and pate and parched
words abounding as round as sounding. . .
or sleek words, shimmering and oblique,
black lacquered syllables, that squeak.
as they slip off your peak
come rumbling, tumbling,
to plop like frogs in pacific pools
to be fished by merry mortal fools
each wearing his tie around his skull
in hopes of never appearing dull.