this blog has been officially retired (as well as reverted back to its original name and kept online for posterity's sake). all future poetry and poetics will be posted at sonrivers. com (aka http://sonrivers.blogspot.com/ ). spirituality and poetry cannot be separated: into the mystic!
Sitting in the shade, I look acoss the river at a wall of eastern pines; it could be several hundred years ago. The sun is shining there and not a motor boat has been invented yet. And I remain unborn. ~Kokoro Sonzai 2010 (trans. Son Rivers)
the sea is me before there was being. being the sea is like sighting first land without seeing. i sit on that land understanding the sea is but nothing. now a wave is rising and the sea is me, being. ~Kokoro Sonzai 2010 (trans. Son Rivers)
nothing but the moon tonight— and cotton-like clouds in burnished shreds... above a ragged wall of black pine trees lining the narrow road sporadically lit— where I and this form of a shadow split. ~Kokoro Sonzai 2010 (trans. Son Rivers)
the river magnifies the smallest event. one duck chases another in flight. an osprey flies toward the opposite shore. a fish rolls over and touches the sky. i feel the wind as if i weren’t even here. ~Kokoro Sonzai 2010 (trans. Son Rivers)