Nagoya Writes

January 31, 2008

trees by Sarah Winslow

Filed under: Issue: 2000,Poetry,Winslow — usbengoshi @ 5:02 am

coming as i did
from the pacific northwest
into this somber sober sad wilderness
this Japanese concrete forest
I am always delighted when i
look down a gray stone street,
catch a glimpse of friendly green
what makes a place welcoming?
yesterday i rode to the southern part of the city
deliberately lost myself
in the maze of winding roads
wandered into a cozy neighborhood
houses surrounded by spaces wider than twenty centimeters
spaces filled with green
why did i deliberately come here
only to have my soul become lost
in this passionless forest of concrete?
wandering amazed in the grayness
now when i see a tree
i greet it as a friend
a lifeline to the spirit

Sarah Winslow, world traveler of no fixed nationality, has lived in Japan for the last four and a half years. She teaches English (including poetry) at various universities and is occasionally active in the English theater group, Nagoya Players, in which she has acted as well as directed.


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