Is this your answer then, to become a god?
bursting its seams. My wife touched the rents
your books, too busy to answer a simple
the cold water to your ankles, your knees,
Mother-in-law has shown me your room.
had doubted, as if such fidelity
raises naminohana, like quicksilver
in a shared cup, daikon from our garden,
Jizou—Small statue placed at the scene of death to mark the passing of a loved one. Believed to have powers to safeguard and to heal.
Naminohana—A phenomenon peculiar to Japan's west coast, specifically the 'figures' sometimes formed out of sea foam by wind and surf.
Peace Park, yet the grounds
have taken out their voices,
are like your blacks, you know?
the same downward slant of eye,
five generations and growing,
an old lady shakes her head,
And all about us now,
Asuwayama—Name of an artificial 'mountain' in Fukui City, originally created as a multi-terraced tomb to hold the city's dead (especially war dead), but now also housing a zoo, a museum, and a 'peace park' (heiwa kouen).
On "Jizou at Tsuruga Bay":
This one's about a family—my wife's family—trying to pick up the pieces after a suicide.
On "The Korean Youth Choir Visits the Heiwa Kouen at Asuwayama": Quite the performance, let me tell you.