The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai

Nine Haikus

A perfect blue curve

the wave’s claws ready to ponce

the skillful artist

The nature of fear

a dangerous rogue blue wave

against a mountain

In this wide ocean

fear is not metaphor but

blue liquidity

The ocean crucial

both source of food and of death

is this what we are?

And what we are is

coded in our DNA

both water and fear

Fishermen provide

sustenance and metaphor

ample fish and myth

A monstrous beauty

the indifferent face of death

the sound and fury

What is beautiful

in its vast intensity

can be as deadly

The source of the swell

far out in the deep ocean

a storm, wind, a wave