How divinely: a Kasen
January 9-February 20, 2007

W. Boar
Mandala
Nose
D. Horse
Brothers Four
Hawaiian Song Maker
1.
The new year's dawn,
The same sun rose as before
But, how divinely!
(w.boar)



2.
Swinging at the cold rope's end
Saddam could not see the light
(mandala)

3.
Onto chilly streets
A subway exit spits out
Pale officegoers endlessly
(nose)

4.
A tropical shower hits
The hot roof of a mosque
(mandala)

5.
Dogs wake up sheep
Women make up kitchen fire
The moon about to fade in the sky
(d.horse)

6.
as a short day is breaking
spouting whales are to be seen
(mandala)

7.
In a vast cornfield
The cobs and leaves tremble
In the autumn wind
(mandala)



8.
Where has the pretty face gone
Who used to play hide and seek
(d.horse)

9.
Here I find your legs
Fair and slender without shoes
O there your wasp waist
(mandala)

10.
Sober up my friend
You are dreaming a daydream
(w.boar)

11.
Step aside my lord
When the spring sun embraces
Me and the barrel
(mandala)

12.
Tomorrow I'll plow forward
for the sowing of the field
(d.horse)

13.
For the Easter table
Farmers are hurrying home
Bathed in moonlight.
(mandala)

14.
Thinking of my folks in Kansas
I'm on night patrol duty
(w.boar)

15.
Follies still march on
Thirty years since Vietnam
Three years in Iraq
(mandala)

16.
O where has my gravestone gone?
On the mound is Chiristmas rose
(brothers four)

17.
On a bald mountain
A flash of hope through cold air
Day begins to break
(mandala)

18.
Look, my son just began toddling
Spring is around the corner
(d.horse)



19.
TV is showing
Crowds in Kairakuen garden,
My wife and I sip hot chocolate
(d.horse)

20.
Memories dissolve into
The dark brown of bitterness
(mandala)

21.
No word of consolation
Nor a dose of medicine
Can cure my broken heart
(w.boar)

22.
A glass of wine in your hand
An autumn song on your lips
(mandala)

23.
A horde of elderly ladies
All wearing black backpacks
Looking up at red leaves
(d.horse)

24.
Astride the broomsticks they fly
Over boughs to the pale moon
(mandala)

25.
A hairless man in working clothes
Stood beside a bonfire
Chilly morning in dead silence
(w.boar)

26.
With the temple bell tolling
The sky is brightening up
(mandala)

27.
Clouds won't hide the sun
Blue sea of Hawaii trembles
On this wedding day
(Hawaiian song maker)

28.
Youfve just come out of ripples
Alohaino to you
(mandala)
Notes: alohaino=a Hawaiian interjection, expressing great love.

29.
Urban crows hurrying home
To the nests in the woods
A break from work for the day
(d.horse)

30.
Though happy with the sundown
The sun also rises soon
(mandala)



31.
Oh it has been years
Since I stopped dreaming a dream
A knock on the door
(mandala)

32.
The Haunting
is the movie I never forget
(w.boar)

33.
A sound from a pond
Before an ancient castle
In a bare mountain
(mandala)

34.
Soon tadpoles'll cover the water
As young leaves cover the field
(d.horse)

35.
The mayflower drifts
To the discovered land
The moon is rising
(mandala)

36.
Dolphins are jumping around us
Claiming the ocean is theirs
(w.boar)