Welcome to the largest collaborative poem on the internet. The United Nations has designated 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages. Plan to share one poem or many in the world’s largest collaborative poem! Please add your poem(s) in the Comment box below, ideally at dawn at your location, but any time that you are able. The timeline for this begins at 12:01 A.M. on April 17 on the International Date Line (which is why it seems to have started the day before, for many of us). Your poem(s) can respond to the “seed” poem:
FUJI CONCEALED IN A MIST.* Into a sea of mist whither hath Mt. Fuji sunk?
or to any of the poems posted in the Comment box, or you can even start a new thread. You may participate as often as you like. All we ask is that you respond to the theme at hand.
[*This poem, included in W. G. Aston’s Grammar of the Japanese Written Language (1877) without ascription, is possibly the first haiku ever written in English — indigenous language indeed! Of course since that time we have come to quite a different understanding of what makes an indigenous language, and how endangered many of them are . . .]