Tuesday, November 30, 2021

On The Grassy Knoll

We, who were promised,
Are waiting here,
For something, anything,
To appear,
And even if
We are mistaken,
Our faith will
Remain unshaken…

Monday, November 29, 2021

Now And Zen

To meditate,
Is to pray,
Without having
Anything to say…

Omnicron

Striving to survive,
It mutates and blends,
Virus stays alive,
Pandemic never ends...

Friday, November 26, 2021

Lost Offerings

Old man in the night, moves
With stealth, like a fox,
Sneaks into the shrine to
Steal money from the votive box...

End Result

The choices you make,
Along with luck, and
The actions you take,
Culminate in a 
Fix or a break...

Day Drink

Attain a mid-morning
Beer buzz,
Once in a while,
Just because...

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Siberian High Pressure

November north winds
Are colder,
Or so it seems
As we get older...

False Prophet

He claimed that we
Had to leap and rearrange,
Break things down,
Embrace the change,
Then things got confusing,
And he departed...
Now picking up pieces,
Back where we started...

研究所

Think tank, policy wank,
Declarative, all the time,
Endlessly calling for 
Shifting the paradigm,
Theorizing, for pay,
To explain what it's about,
Publish numerous studies
Until the money runs out...

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Story Time

Many of us, every day,
Act, scramble, and live,
All the while unaware of
Being part of someone's narrative...

Sunday, November 21, 2021

殉職者供養塔

The gray stone monument
Looms over where I stand,
At a place which was ocean
Before becoming land,
The water pushed back as
Rocks and rubble filled,
The monument a memorial
To workers who were killed...

Saturday, November 20, 2021

月食 --11/19/2021

Gaze up at the darkened moon,
Awed and humbled to know,
That the last time this happened
Was 580 years ago...



Friday, November 19, 2021

The Game

It's about how you act,
And what you choose,
Not after winning,
But when you lose...

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Political Fable

Attempted evasion

By the wily snail,

Tried to camouflage, 

But to no avail, 

Given away by

Its mucous trail,

Then sensing the

Approach of hell,

It curled up quickly

Inside its shell...

Friday, November 12, 2021

Traffic Report

Cars drive by
At breakneck speeds,
In pursuit of real
Or imagined needs,
Distracted drivers
Impatient, stressed,
Would be better off
Back home, at rest...

Human Pressure Valve

Frustration grows,
Control erodes,
Consequently 
Anger explodes,
Emotional shrapnel 
Wounds and discommodes…

Swamp Dawn

Eerie silence, mist
Rising from the bog,
Prehistoric-looking heron
Stalks a frog…

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

From Behind A Cloud

Gap in the clouds,
Crescent moon appears,
As if to say good night,
This hour of mist and tears,
All feels good, feels right…

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Sensible

Pragmatic,
Works better than
Dogmatic…

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Blind Man's Bluff

No telling what mysteries,
Or horrors, lie ahead,
Therefore best to grin and
Ignore it all instead...

Sunday, October 31, 2021

They Come At Night

Ghouls and weird spirits,
Sensed, but not seen,
Pumpkins emitting magic,
Spooky Halloween,
Orange, yellow trees,
Glow in the evening air,
Except for the scary one,
Whose branches are bare...

Friday, October 29, 2021

Coping

Life comes at you, constantly,
In pieces and bits,
Sometimes it's crazy,
Sometimes it fits,
And you just try your best,
As time permits...

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Opiate Of The Masses

For most of them,
The idea of being free,
Was less desirable
Than peace & stability,
Quiet comfort, however
Boring that might be...

Sunday, October 24, 2021

暴走族2021

Bluster, emotional release for
Japanese working-class boys,
Group-riding unmuffled motorcycles,
Unleashing roaring noise,
During the midnight hours
Their frustrations unload,
Slipping gears, twisting throttles,
Small rebellion on the road...



Saturday, October 23, 2021

Unexpected

Sunset stroll, during an
Autumn day's aftermath,
A rat runs across
The walking path...