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Peter Robinson: [1, 2 , 3 , 4, 5 ]
Japanese Watercolours
The glow of dawn behind a hill
rousing two thatched houses,
a lake boat's bedsheet sail
set under snow-topped volcanoes,
tuned stones in meanders
of a stream as it wanders
past narrow canoes,
close reeds, the cranes
in flight above a bridge, black pines...

From bogeymen's humiliations
on rickety tenement stairs,
down snaking corridors I escaped
the dark disturbances -
and between my dozing parents lay
awake to roses on wallpaper,
or four thin slots' faint painted distance
diminishing those nightmares
in first hints of day.


  © 1998