Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Kobe earthquake poems

Small but violent temblor last night. Reminds me of eleven years ago today...

Giant hands
Once again shake me awake
From the peace of dreams.

A toothless rice seller
Squats beside the temple wall
Laughing at the rain.

Full moon rises unseen.
Not even Kannon's thousand arms
Can hug all who grieve tonight.

On the turntable: Ryan Adams, "29"
On the nighttable: Nanao Sakaki, "Inch by Inch: 45 Haiku by Issa"

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