Hanoi Warms Up
Early one morning I circle Hoan Kiem Lake (“Lake of the Restored Sword”) in Old Hanoi. The lake is a rich jungly green. In its centre on an island stands the Turtle Tower, commemorating the return to the Golden Turtle God of his Magic Sword. A shrine, joined to the lakeshore by a red lacquered bridge, attracts wedding parties, brides in crimson ao dai and grooms in white. The lake is a focal point for strollers, families, and lovers. Elderly men and women practice their morning martial arts on the manicured grass. I photograph a young couple beside the lake in the shade of a bamboo grove.
tai chi class―
two lovers turning it
(senryu published in ‘Asahi Haikuist Network’, May 1, 2015 and ‘Under the Basho’, 2015)