Ai Ogawa

(21 October 1947 - 20 March 2010 / Albany, Texas)

Passage For Allen Ginsberg - Poem by Ai Ogawa

Sunflowers beside the railroad tracks,
sunflowers giving back the beauty God gave you
to one lonely traveler
who spies you from a train window
as she passes on her way to another train station.
She wonders if she were like you
rooted to your bit of earth
would she be happy,
would she be satisfied
to have the world glide past and not regret it?
For a moment, she thinks so,
then decides that, no, she never could
and turns back to her book of poetry,
remembering how hard it was to get here
and that flowers have their places as people do
and she cannot simply exchange hers for another,
even though she wants it.
That's how it is.
Her mother told her.
Now she believes her,
although she wishes she didn't.
At fifty-three, she feels the need
to rebel against the inevitable winding down.
She already feels it in her bones,
feels artery deterioration, and imagines
cancerous indications on medical charts
she hopes will never be part of her life,
as she turns back to the window
to catch the last glimpse of the sunflowers
that sent her thoughts on a journey
from which she knows she will never return,
only go on and on
and then just go.

Comments about Passage For Allen Ginsberg by Ai Ogawa

  • (9/17/2015 7:54:00 PM)

    something Buddhist about Ginsberg (Report) Reply

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  • (9/17/2015 8:04:00 AM)

    WOW, I can feel this one. love it. (Report) Reply

  • Kinyua Karanja (9/17/2015 6:32:00 AM)

    Life is a journey with stages that we pass only once and never see them again, what is gone is gone forever. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (9/17/2015 5:04:00 AM)

    To catch the last glimpse of the sun flowers
    that sent her thoughts on a journey
    from which she knows she will never return
    Only go on and on
    and then just go- - The poet finds a connection with the sun-flower while looking through train window.The flower is like a girl, a person, time is speeding past.No one can go back to the same point he has left behind.Life will pass and finally go from this earth.Highly philosophical poemWonderful read.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/17/2015 3:38:00 AM)

    On a journey with the muse of life. Nice piece. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Amrod (9/17/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    As an anyomous woman reads poetry and the thoughts that wander through her mind. An absolute charming scenario with almost anything possible. I find the poetic setting marvelous and very engaging. The style awakes my concious.. Thank you Ai wherever you may be. Paul (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (9/17/2015 1:40:00 AM)

    to catch the last glimpse of the sunflowers
    that sent her thoughts on a journey
    from which she knows she will never return....................good catch
    (Report) Reply

  • Michael Walker (3/19/2015 7:07:00 PM)

    I associate Allen Ginsberg with his poems about sunflowers. I like Ai's 'take' on Allen. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 5, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, March 5, 2012

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