weekly photo challenge: express yourself

Were there someone

in the world

who feels as I feel,

we would talk all night

in this grass hut.

                              ~Ryokan*

weeklyphotochallengeexpressyourself

visit The Daily Post to participate in Krista’s photo challenge:  express yourself

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Sky Above, Great Wind

Kazuaki Tanahashi

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the enemy in the world today…

It’s Not The Same

The demonstrators who…filled the streets…

the suicide core of the…who attacked…

And the students who charged against the riot staves of police…

They weren’t the same people.

what happened to all those people after that?

Nothing is ever quite the same

each time is different from every other

the heart of each person is disconnected.

But if there is one thing

that is the same,

it is that neither the newspapers nor television

ever reported on those young men after that.

And

the enemy in the world today

is not the United States,

is not the Soviet Union

but, bridged between you and me

unidentifiable

words of silence.

                                   ~Fukunaka Tomoko*

its not the same

 

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The Burning Heart

K Rexroth & I Atsumi

asleep

Everyone is asleep

There is nothing to come between

the moon and me.

                                ~Enomoto Seifu-Jo*

asleep

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Women Poets of Japan

K Rexroth & I Atsumi

my heart is like…

my heart is like the sun,

drowned in darkness,

soaked with rain,

beaten by the winds.

                                    ~Yosano Akiko*

winterleaves

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Women Poets of Japan

K Rexroth & I Atsumi

Grazing

There is a peaceful little community

in a place of burned up hopes,

beside the tracks of dreams

                    that drifted away,

         on the edge of a village

                    where crowds pass by.

There, men gather in harmony

          to gaze like sheep and fawns.

On all the beautiful flowers

a sun comes and goes

    through the clouds in freedom. 

                                             ~Mitsui Futabako*

underthebridge

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Women Poets of Japan

K. Rexroth & I. Atsumi

walk through the fields

I have the delusion

that you are with me

as I walk through the fields

of flowers, under the moon.

                                            ~Yosano Akiko*

walk through the fields

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The Burning Heart

K Rexroth & I Atsumi

weekly photo challenge: serenity

When you contemplate the waters

at day break, you can hear

the lotus blossom.

                                                      ~Kyokusai*

weeklyphotochallengeserenity

To participate in  Cheri’s photo challenge “serenity” visit   The Daily Post 

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Japanese Death Poems

Yoel Hoffmann