Kyoto, Japan 1/1/2017







on new years day we wait in line
with families, old ladies & children
a dog or two
down at the shrine
toss our nickels
bow our heads
jangle the bell
& get to clapping

a holy wish for the new day dawning

cups of sake
talismans &
rooster placards

we write one out
hitch it to the shrine posts

toss some more coins
ring more bells
& take our leave

pass an old man on a stretcher
with his family towards sunset
come all the way down
for one more new years day

the sun falls through the buildings around
walk back to sanjo
with the dying rays









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