難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

And Now for Something Completely Different!

I’ve been having a fair bit of free time on the job lately, so I brought a book of poetry to pass the time, and caught that old bug again.  So I present-

 

 

Epithets in Haiku to Seven Cities of Kinki

to Kyoto-
still benedictions
echoing soundless amidst
dark wooden pillars

to Nara-
buried in rich earth
dreams so faint and long ago
their dreamers forget

to Wakayama-
over our labors
and the fruits of ambition
evening shadows fall

to Sakai-
the freeman’s fire now
lies asleep in the kings’ dale
someone’s old pillow

to Osaka-
the true sign of life
our beautiful ugliness
gives us endurance

to Kobe-
under azure winds
arcs and threads of other shores
the common made rare

to Himeji-
a token of pride
and a life of green quiet
still ever youthful

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