Poetry

Andrew Lansdown: Two Poems

Water for Worship Osaka, Japan   At Hozen Temple a stooped Japanese man is working the handle of a cast iron pump, which is spouting water to a plastic bucket in which it will be carried, sloshing, ten paces then poured in a granite pot from which it will be scooped with a tin-cupped ladle and tossed over a life-size statue of Fudo, the god of fire and wisdom, covered now in moss sustained by countless dousings across the decades from hopeful petitioners like this very man who is puffing while pumping water for worship as I write where I…

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