12/15/2016 Nara, Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the deer follow us through
sacred Nagi forest
we feed them as we go
some sleep amongst the temples
some pray among the shrines
one joins us along the path
feasting on wafers
all the way

back down into town
through the streets of Nara
the deer still roam about
a pagoda or two,
a pond
a pavilion
the deer just waltz
along

 

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2.

on the train for Nara
towns & temples speeding past
JR line rapid express
straight through the houses
cemeteries, overpass

mountains rise up the valley
yamato valley so they say
shoguns vied for land here long ago
now it’s draped in wire
& smokestack factories

 

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