Shinbazu Pond –
even these withered lotuses
can lift my heart
heated toilet seat –
memories of growing up
in a large family
I await instructions
on how to eat it
we look through the dark
to the place where Mount Fuji
is supposed to be
arrival in Kyoto…
I buy flowers for myself
flowers for the Buddha
the clunk of wooden sandals
on stone paving –
thatched with water reeds
topped with acer leaves –
Basho-an the poet’s hut
autumn birdsong leads the way –
wandering poet’s well its stone collar lotus
dusk over the city two small girls in flowery kimono
Japan has been extracted from Maeve O’Sullivan’s latest publication Elsewhere
available from Alba Publishing.
Dubliner Mave O’Sullivan’s poetry and haiku have been widely published, anthologised and translated.
Her four collections are Elsewhere (2017); Initial Response, An A-Z of haiku moments (2011); Vocal Chords (2014); and Double Rainbow (2005) all available at Alba Publishing
Maeve is a winner of the Listowel Writers’ Week poetry competition for a single poem, and conducts haiku workshops with adults and children.
A lecturer in Media Studies, she lives in Dublin
Maeve’s new collection of poetry, Elsewhere is available from Alba Publishing.
Beneath this topography she sees:
sandstones shaped by wind and wave,
azurites blue and malachites green;
fossils, remnants of another age,
present her with an insight
to a record no longer extant:
the dinosaur, the trilobite
some footprints, an exotic plant.
These granites primordial –
crystalline intrusions –
now weathered to reveal
our igneous conclusions.
World-weary, she rests on pillow-basalt,
has paleo-dreams in the limestone vault
Dubliner Maeve O’Sullivan’s work has been widely published and anthologised for twenty years. Her collections poetry (Vocal Chords, 2014), are from Alba Publishing. www.twitter.com/maeveos – See more at: https://bodhicharya.org/manyroads/poetry-maeve-osullivan/#sthash.l4HX8bE6.dpuf