FOR TANUKI R.I.P.

parrot’s eye

for Tanuki (12/1/15)

 

wide

as the book of fear

or hollow

bamboo striking

stone

or water

in a thirsty hand or drum

gathering earth

voice curving

like old

man’s back

to flowers or memory

of a child

face wide

as the book of stone  bamboo

of fear

the thirsty drum

a hand gathering

water

from child’s face  old man’s flowers

wide

as sun

lying like deer

in thickets as osprey’s long

glide to river rapids holding

child between wake

& sleep wide

as the book of deer thickets

of osprey river

gliding across sun wide

as rapids

as stone’s

sleep bamboo drinking

from fear’s hand child

on old

man’s back river

of drums

of thirsty flowers wide

as osprey’s memory    P1190282

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