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nature lovers meetup Message Board › Today's poem - 10/31/2012

Today's poem - 10/31/2012

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Jim Nawrocki

To Matsue

Fuji hides,
veiled by torn-edge clouds,
a rain gray sky draped
over emergences of green
as I float, dozing,
on the train to Matsue.

It rains
as I look from my ryokan window
to a clump of trees on the Ohashigawa,
the landing where Lafcadio Hearn
first stepped out, the bridge he crossed
ages ago, to get here.

I study
remnants through museum glass:
Hearn’s suitcase, hat, a comb, pipes,
palimpsest pages spread open
with the ink he wove through notebooks
in this new language of signs.

I stand
stupidly, in front of his desk,
a replica, absent any mark of him,
and turn to take in what was once his view,
walls of doors open to his garden,
open also to loneliness, this room

silent now like an empty cricket cage.
That night, I walk over dark stone
under drizzle as boats drop lanterns
into the canals for the festival,
a small galaxy coming to life,
The Romance of the Milky Way.

It rains
when I climb to grand Matsue castle
above the trees, and later, down the hill,
through a torii on my last day,
passing row after row of Inari,
each one’s face, smoothed

by a century or more
of the earth’s eternal water,

by time
at its steady work of erasure.

Today's poem is thanks to RicePaper

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