Kiyooka Airs by Terry Watada

6 May, 2013 0 comment

Published in Ricepaper Issue 17.3/17.4

kiyooka airs
by Terry Watada

fall-
ing   tumb-
ling
stumbling  thru
kyoto
airs  from
the balconies of kiyomizu-
dera

what is your wish?
longer   life   to see …

to see my grand-
son
become a
toronto doctor

to dance &
stumble at
his
wedding

to hear his arguments
bubble up
and burst   their logic
all over
me

to be treated
in my  grand-daughter’s
clinic     to kiss
her cheek
turned red and then

pink
at her suburban wedding

to hear  her
brag
of her successes
while feeling
my          failures.

but i    will not survive
the fall
of      wishes
and regrets

kyoto airs  spangled
with light
and stars
too jagged, too foreign, too
thin
to hold me up

yet
the BC resin trees
breathe
deep
as i descend   into
their depths

perhaps to  come   out
into
the light.

again

Legend dictates that if a person jumps from the balconies of the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto and survives, his or her wish will come true.

for hideki’s and roy’s Kyoto wishes

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