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My Love---a very special original Japanese poem

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Ode on a Japanese Commode

Thou still unflushed queen of whiteness,	 
Thou wonder-child of science so sublime,	 
Porcelain goddess, who canst thus express	 
Scatology more sweetly than our rhyme:	 
What nether-laved pleasure haunts about thy shape
Of ablutions or massages, or of both,	 
In Nippon or the plains of Muskogee?	 
What heated seats are these? What options loth?	 
What aqueous play! No struggle to escape.	 
What pipes and blowers! What wild ecstasy!

Memories of our trip to Japan..
With apologies to the ghost of John Keats
"Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Roy Jerden
Previous Contest Sept 1, 2013 - Any Poem Goes
Free-for-all contest

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A Japanese Garden

I found a garden waiting for me
Laid out as my life should be
The reality became quite blurred
In the garden a flock of birds

Showing me what things were for
I asked them to fly or show me more
All but one took to the air
To move one grain here wasn't fair

The Toki stood just to one side
In perfection nothing to hide
It told me of stories from overseas
Could you talk of me? I asked it "please"?

Your journey here is plain to see
I am not real, I live in eternity
Please hold my mind for all that be
Call my friends to walk and visit me

Toki called my friends from everywhere
As birds a noisy flock they appeared
Footprints again from those that cared
Why do they come, to visit and share?

The Toki seemed to laugh at my plight
Stay, Oh Stay, please don't take flight
At this he shook as if laughing so
You take your friends where ever you go

Then let them see the things I see
The peace here and other places that be
This garden will focus their minds
On the inside that always shines

At this the footprints in the sand
Beautiful shapes from other lands
I was awestruck at the ones I could see
Prints left in white sand by you and me

We whispered of all the things we knew
Then of hurts and fears filling us anew
There in the garden it was safe you see
There to tell all of the things that be

This was a glimpse the Toki said
Of eternity and the things we dread
Once you have faced all these fears
Love is there for the rest of your years

Remember that all you have to do
In the future to talk, with me or you
Is to think of us as free spirits all
Just whisper my name no need to call


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Oryzias latipes, Japanese rice fish

in aquarium
hibernated little fish
longing for spring

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First Japanese Imports

Remember those first imports from Japan?
It seems they were all built for a small man.
Well, the times have changed.
Things are rearranged.
Japan’s building them as big as they can.

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Hinomaru - Japanese flag

   rising blood red sun -
   spatters mount Fuji as
   whalers fly flag

I wrote this poem to try to write what a country's flag might
represent to an individual.  I love whales and dolphins so this
is what it represents to me.

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The Monastary / Japanese Alps 2008

Incense hung in the evening air
like the mist and the chains of prayer cranes.
Ferocious gilded guardian framed the gate
through the aged arched travelers trooped
Pilgrims all.

Monks diminutive in form,
draped in square clothes 
of sacred orange, bow.
Prayer hands copped over beating hearts.
Business begins.
The business of lodging and lodgers.

The entrance holds the footwear of the prayerful;
worn, unkempt, yet colorful.
Inside the shrine futons fly to ta tami floors.
Teapots boil whistling in the mist soaked wind.
Coins clink into altar boxes before smiling Buddha’s.
Courtyards filled with fall blossoms of crimson mums.
Persimmon colored koi swim in small prayer ponds.
The bustle of the small alpine city does not intrude,
nor follow the faithful as into the moss covered
cemetery with its red cedar groves; 
they walk.

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Celebrating (Japanese Tanka)

A special Celebration
Going to Tulsa
Celebrate with twin sister
Our birthday celebration.

Trying out another new style from our friend Joseph Spence.
In celebration of my 50th birthday. August 31-2007. I Will be out of
town for a few days. Going to Oklahoma.

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Untitled #205 / Mexican-American Japanese Wasabi chef

The special Mexican-American Japanese Wasabi chef
“It’s my first day on the job
pretty good for a first time, eh?”
 “Well, not really his first day”
Hah! He had us all fooled!
He deserves a big tip!

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The Ole Japanese Maple Across the Street

I see it every day
Several times it seems
We have a mutual understanding as I peer out my window and it looks back at me
I will admire its beauty
And it helps me keep time
I will observe its changes
And It will be my weather vane

Sometimes as I gaze out the window it’s gently swaying to the left
A soft gentle breeze is blowing indicating I might need my umbrella that day
Other times it is completely still and the leaves are all curled up
I sense a cool front is approaching and I better bundle up
Today as I gaze upon it I see a spectrum of fiery foliage
I grab my camera and snap a few shots to show my deepest appreciation
Oh this tree delights me! 
It’s connected with my everyday life
I feel like walking across the street and getting a shower of its spectacular red!
Thank you, Lord for this monstrous beauty! 
I celebrate your goodness as I peer upon it each and every day!

Gwendolen Rix