Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Birthday

Thoughts on a morning in March, Tokyo 2001. One of those times of sitting at a window looking down to the garden below, sights and sounds filtered through wavy glass and a leaky old fountain pen.


In the breeze a blue-striped towel

snaps and curls on the line.

White magnolia faces

drift to an already milky garden path

and spring continues to smile.

Over a wall a drill

sends shudders through the air

A whiny buzzing grind,

biting at old plaster

and the orange cat squalls a complaint.

Light from a cloudless sky

glosses the planes of roof and street.

A pane of half clear glass,

the third-story lens revealing an ordinary day

down below

And spring smiles happy birthday

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