Treasure Island

Michael Pruchnicki


The fragrance of fresh baked cakes fills our house
And our hearts ascend with the vapors to Heaven.

The sanshin sounds in the village street as we gather
To hang the pink and white blossoms of the dogberry
On temple and domicile, where gods and men dwell,
Offering sacrifices of food and drink to prolong prosperity.

As the bright day wanes, we ascend Mount Miyako
To launch kites that lift hearts and carry aloft desires
That all men and women share for wealth and long life
In this village overlooking the waters of Yaebishi Bay.
We drink cups of chrysanthemum wine
and eat double nine cakes!

Night falls as we wend our way to Yomitan Village.

(sanshin - a three stringed musical instrument)
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DOUBLE NINE DAY falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month

Submitted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Edited: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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