Douglas Penick ~ Takasago, Sumiyoshi

We two are the spirits of two enduring pine trees.
You see us dwell, one within view of the other
And far apart on distant peaks.

We are man and wife.
Even though
Plants they, they say, have no heart.

There is more even than heart.

The spirit of a lone pine,
Sounds in the still air – a name:
Takasago.

The spirit of a lone pine,
Sounds in the still air – a name:
Sumiyoshi.

The names are whispers in the starry night.

Vast space is the heart.
They call each to the other;
Their voices weave in the pine boughs.

They are paired
They are man and wife
United in the life of air.

They are the sweep of courtship.
They are the exaltation of poetry.
They are the two great anthologies
Which are the future of poetry.

 

Read more of Douglas Penick‘s poetry in DM 89

悪夢

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