Thursday, June 06, 2013

On Basho's Narrow Road... (Narrow Road Signs I)

After the wave,
Tohoku's future
Enshrouded in mist.

Pine-thrown shadows
All that remains
Of poet's muse.

At Shitomae,
Reflections of ourselves
Passing through time.

Cluster of itabi
Huddle in the shady grove;
Respite from the heat.

Below Natagiri Pass
Young ferns practice their yoga
In the morning sun.

On the narrow road,
Sharing with Basho,
Weary calves.

Creaking of frogs
Fills the emptiness
In the priest's chant.

Cry of the cuckoo
A tattoo on the mokugyo;
Sacred Haguro.

As city dwellers
Complain of the heat,
Tohoku farmers
Plant rice.

Cool on a summer day;
Shadow of a swallow's wings
Flutters in the dust.

On the turntable:  Joe Ely, " The Best of Joe Ely"
On the nighttable;  Lesley Downer, "On the Narrow Road" 


Zacky Chan said...

Great stuff. Really enjoyed reading through these with the pictures.

Julian said...

Thanks for these.

Picture and poem:
More than the sum of their parts.