Nagasu-ji


I saw you first at Daitoku-sen,
Lost in the stream, an unstemmed petal
Tossed between the currents of the afternoon.
You waved - before I could say a word!

Since yesterday I have been here at Mishima.
The wind blows across my face.
The rain is due to fall.

I will always remember you,
The way you were, last summer,
At Nagasu-ji.


4 comments:

  1. Ezra Pound's 1913 imagist poem, 'In a Station of the Metro', had a profound influence on many poets' works, and has been an influence on mine from my first reading.

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  2. I could read your poem Nagasu-ji over and over and over. It is so evocative and so exquisite. Thank you for the gift of it.

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  3. An amazing and beautiful flowering, Samuel. xj

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  4. Yes that poem affected me too. I began studying and writing haiku as a result of reading it. Haiku changed my approach to poetry. I think I would have always become an imagist, but that path cemented my poetry in that vein. Thanks, Sam.

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