A Japanese Dream - Jeff Westover
"A Japanese Dream"
by Jeff Westover

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(for Ahila)

the cedar sways

rain blots a petal of sand at my feet

An ochre birthmark

The image prints

A white flesh rune

in my freckle blue head

At the roots of my fingers

The knot stirs

moves into the black thick fountainpen

onto the page

With this ink

I irrigate my ochre children

My cedar grows strong

I shall carve it like a totem


Robert Berry

I'm a Londoner by birth, currently living and working on Penang Island, in West Malaysia. I lecture in English at the University of Science here. I've had poems published in the States, England and New Zealand.

For comments to the writer mail to: rjberry@usm.my

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