By day, a retainer.
By night, small, bird-like meals in a ghostly sake' house.
Ancient verses flutter across eyes
like Shinto prayer flags tied to swaying branches in the mountains.
Confucian verses stiffen the spine.
Pure Land verses open the heart-mind.
And to think:
at 6 years of age
all because Ian Fleming
re-acquainted a child
with the architecture
of ancient Japan.
(c) 2017 / Pure Land Poetry / Frank LaRue Owen (Wandering Stone Lantern) / purelandpoetry.com
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