Bend to bend, the Conococheague wanders – woodline to forest, field to farm, road to lawn. And for all of its restlessness the creek remains true. Where the water is deep it gleams – jade and quartz – and I feel its low murmur. Where the water is shallow leaves tan its bed – rust, brown, and orange – and the creek stones retain some of their sharpness. I sink my foot into its silt and pale thunderheads boil – for a moment.
Linked to Carpe Diem #739: Lovely Name.
“Conococheague” is Lenape / Delaware term meaning “a long, long way.”
Here is our inspiration from Basho:
shiorashiki na ya komatsu fuku hagi susuki
a lovely name
at Little Pines blows
bush clover and thatch reeds
Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
And here is our host’s haiku:
what’s in a name?
Mother Nature cherishes
young green leaves
And for those of you on mobile, here is the haiku that accompanies the kikobun:
follow the river’s curves –
away – away –