Who would ever guess that
a broad river flowing down from
distant pure white glaciers
could drop so suddenly over a
black lava rim only to turn sharply
at a right angle and do the same
all over again doubling the
intensity of its roar in torrents
as white as distant glaciers.
Poem by Richard F. Fleck
Richard F. Fleck is author of several collections of poems, the latest being Bamboo in the Sun: Poems of Japan. His individual poems have appeared in a variety of journals including Poetry Nippon, and La France.