HAIKU FOR BASHO a poem by Yuri Kageyama

Haiku for Basho a poem by Yuri Kageyama

May 3, 2022

眼差しを

無に流すかな

芭蕉のかわ

He is still watching,

Though washed away to nothing-

Ness, Basho’s River

SHADOW a poem by YURI KAGEYAMA

Photo by Tennessee Reed

SHADOW a poem written for the Poetry Challenge May 1, 2022

By Yuri Kageyama

when young,

one thinks of what

one will become

or what one

wants to be

^___<

as years pass,

we realize

what we are seen as

doesn’t really

matter

^___<

what matters

is who we really are

how we live

what it is that we do

day by day

^___<

which is not

the same thing

at all

that is what counts

in the end

AS IS MUCH IN LIFE by Dr. Minh and Yuri Kageyama

AS IS MUCH IN LIFE

A poetic collaboration on Twitter by Dr. Minh and Yuri Kageyama April 22, 2022

Dr. Minh wrote the poem in five minutes after I tweeted the title. I just added the last two lines.   

As is much in life

you sit alone on the edge of a river   

I know

you nurture your solitude

but wonder

tomorrow

you will sit alone on the edge of the river

is your solitude still there

only you know

^___<

As is much in life

solitude is not emptiness

or vacuum or the void

where the real and the real annihilate

to give birth to something new

just emptiness

but this is where life begins

you and I know

as is much in life

HAIKU A poem by Yuri Kageyama

HAIKU a poem by Yuri Kageyama March 18, 2022

鶯や

水辺羽ばたく

都市開発

the nightingale

fluttering by the waters

urban development

RETURN A poem by Yuri Kageyama

RETURN

a poem by Yuri Kageyama March 15, 2022

hissing envy

bloating venom

spitting hurt

killing ideas

nuking careers  

churning rage

obliterating emotion

reigning supreme

queen viciousness

in and out

out and in

burning hate

sparking fear

digesting guts

defeating purpose

screeching bitch

HOPE A poem by Yuri Kageyama

HOPE

a poem by Yuri Kageyama March 13, 2022

My son used to say:

Mommy, your boiled eggs are so good,

The best in the world;

We would sit together on the grass,

Munching on boiled eggs

Simply perfect,

Smoothly moist when peeled:

Mama no yude tamago wa sekai ichi oishiinda

That little voice promises;      

How blessed I am to be in a world

That has the chicken and the egg,

Whichever came first, and clean water to boil.

How blessed I am to be in a world

To have a son who sees love

In an egg boiled in water.  

ASYLUM A poem by Yuri Kageyama

ASYLUM

A poem by Yuri Kageyama Feb. 26, 2022

She barely remembers the rape

Monsters grow only in drugless sleep

She is well taken care of

Air raid on Tokyo

Baghdad

Dresden

Ukraine

— —

She no longer draws but

Cuts papers of color

Into ferns and flowers

— — —

Hunger in Biafra

A scream in Vietnam

Van Gogh’s ear

THE AFTERLIFE A poem BY YURI KAGEYAMA

THE AFTERLIFE

A poem by Yuri Kageyama Feb. 23, 2022

The mass of meat

In a heap like a grave,

Cold, still

Amid wafting incense,

The moans and chants of mourning,

Eyes closed, hands clasped

Frozen in motion,

I lose interest:

Those motions of burial and propriety,

Those greetings, sympathy, tears;

He is no longer there,

Not in that body,  

Twitching twisting growling in incoherence,

More and more silent

Over the years,

He is no longer there:

At last,

He is gone

Omaley YOU ARE LYING 嘘バッカ

A poem by Yuri Kageyama inspired by Winchester Nii Tete Boye’s song    

Omaley YOU ARE LYING 嘘バッカ

A poem by Yuri Kageyama inspired by Winchester Nii Tete Boye’s song. Feb. 22, 2022

^_1_<

学校の先生

可愛かったモトカレ

パワハラ上司

天国と地獄

^___<

みんな嘘つき

嘘バッカ

心痛む

Omaley

^_2_<

選挙の候補

世界平和

頑張りは成功

我慢は最高

^___<

みんな嘘つき

嘘バッカ

心痛む

Omaley

^_3_<

バーゲンの店員

化粧品の広告

株はもうかる

神は永遠

^___<

みんな嘘つき

嘘バッカ

心痛む

Omaley

^_4_<

宇宙開発

原子力安全

正義と平等

家族愛

^___<

みんな嘘つき

嘘バッカ

心痛む

Omaley

BY COINCIDENCE A poem by Yuri Kageyama

By Coincidence _ a poem by Yuri Kageyama

偶然は

ないようであるし

あるようでない

全ては必然

あるべきは

うまれるまえから

宇宙のはてまで

つながってる

目の前の永遠を

見逃さない

持てるかは

偶然では

ない