Did you see in the shadowy woods

a branch grew, leaves came out

of a girl’s pliant extended arms

and quickly became a tree?

Did you see?

A youth stood by the tree,

took off his deep blue coat,

and in a moment became a dove?

(The telephone keeps ringing, ringing.

No one answers, nobody is there, today is Sunday)

… ~Shinkawa Kazue*

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*cited:

Women Poets of Japan

K Rexroth & I Atsumi

 

Short of breath

a sardine vender

makes his way to the top.

~Ryokan*

Day 3: Bliss

During the summer months residents and visitors come together on the campus of Colorado State University to hear music fill the air (and bounce off buildings) during the Lagoon Summer Concerts.  As one looks over the lagoon,  children gather into small groups as they search for tadpoles within the water.  In the distance, they can be seen running and rolling down a hill with the Recreation Center highlighted by the evening sun.  Bliss…awakens with the sounds and sights of children being free to be children.

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Children at play during the Lagoon Summer Concert 

*cited:

Sky Above, Great Wind

K Tanahashi

 

Oak Street Plaza Park is a hardscape, cobblestone area with cafe tables and chairs where people are invited to enjoy a break from shopping and chat with their friends.

In the summer, children (as well as a dog or two) are fascinated with the water as it jumps from the sculpted “rocks’ or sprits in the air from the cobblestone.

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oak street plaza