I Have Seen Your Picture With Your Daughters In Kimono - Poem by RIC BASTASA

i have seen a long time ago
you and your daughters in their colorfol kimonos
then there was this guitar that you play
and the english language that you teach
and the education you are giving them

there are other many people in this world
not just us,
we are not living inside walls and fences
there are other playgrounds out there
where you my children can
beyond colors beyond chinky eyes
are other possibilities with us

the firetrees here burn with loneliness
this summer
forgetting the color of your memories
Japan, the city of the sun
where you now live
has claimed the name of your soul

but i know
under the blooms of cherry blossoms
this spring your heart still beats for the fire trees here
you still love the scent of the champaca
miss the yellow ylang-ylang on the hill
and the dama de noche has more love stories
to tell for the dark nights
where fireflies still flicker
those that we have long forgotten
still exist

we shall meet somehow filled with stories those left untold
when we have busied ourselves
with what could have been so unnecessary
those that we see only after they have been taken away

and time shall sit in one corner of the garden's wooden benches
and ponder

was there something wrong with the past?

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 18, 2008

Poem Edited: Friday, April 18, 2008

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