Thursday, February 27, 2014

In a Japanese Garden tanka sequence

In a Japanese Garden

a cloud of stars
singing about their lives ...
ten thousand fingers
lead me through a garden
at the end of night

the slow hours
and stone lanterns
of a night pool—
a symphony
some god forgot

behind these
moss-covered walls is death . . .
must I settle
into this phantom life  
do I know better than God?

bamboo shoots
and a hand-picked iris
the ikebana
in the temple alcove
wired into silence

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