Poetry

Andrew Lansdown: Two Poems

Japanese Heron Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto   1 Resignation   If it’s not because the koi in the temple moat are too big to kill, why does the heron regard them with such resignation?   2 Aspiration   It has the grey robes and the meditative pose: perhaps the heron on the temple bridge rail hopes to become a Buddhist monk?   3 Speculation   Is it a heron aspiring to return a priest, or is it a priest reincarnated a heron … or perhaps purely a heron?   Andrew Lansdown   Nijo Castle, Kyoto   Stonework   The moat’s…

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