The first part of this (i) was written in the early 90’s while living in Northwestern Ontario. The second (ii) was written and posted in November 2012, living in Northern Nova Scotia. There are some minor tweaks to (ii). Both were reshaped to compliment one another without interfering with the different style and rhythms.
The last line is borrowed from Mizuhara Shoushi’s “I close the gate | and sit alone with the stones | this beautiful night.” This haiku is perhaps the most influential poem I’ve ever read. Discovered during my last year of college in 1978.