Japan (Remove filter)
I chanced upon karaoke
Before I knew it in the West.
One evening in Yokohama,
As beer and saké flowed, we heard
‘My Way’, a classic of its kind,
Mauled by half-drunk salarymen.
Sumo-like bouncers were on hand,
But, in truth, there was no trouble.
As we left, ‘Fly me to the moon’
Was warbled gamely through the smoke.
Later, all staggered on to trains,
Or crashed in ...
Thursday 12th January 2023 7:30 am
Lovers in secret
Will they bring shame to themselves
Promised to others
Friday 19th August 2022 6:06 pm
We are not siluets,
we are above them all.
The red stripes in my head
keep running with no control.
And then the long street keeps
all the blue lights i am calling home,
forever banned for me
without coming and return.
I see the color blindness,
seeing sides of you.
Delighted with any moment
that i am stuck into.
I am far away from myself,
far away from you.
Tokyo lights i am ...
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 4:33 pm
When I think it's time for bed,
You first raise a sleepy head.
When to dreamy dawn I wake
You at teatime take your break
I make lunch in noonday sun
As your long day's work is done.
You sit up till two or three
while we cook and eat our tea.
You are in tomorrow then.
Not just elsewhere, but quite elsewhen.
Sunday 10th September 2017 9:23 pm
Hair black as midnight,
Kimono sleeves whispering of plum;
Haiku she breathes to me
Beneath the yellow moon.
She says I need to see Tokyo,
And Kyoto in the rain.
I say, "I’ll go if you’re there—"
I’ll say anything.
She draws pictures of Mount Fuji
In charcoal, and puts them
All over the house,
Knowing I’ll see them
And remember the color of the mist,
And the smell of incense
Thursday 12th January 2017 1:36 pm
There was a young man from Kyoto,
who was awfully fond of a photo,
when he saw a kimono,
his eyesight went mono,
and now a kimono’s a no-no.
Wednesday 3rd August 2016 4:37 am
One Step Ahead
One step ahead of Imperial Japanese forces, we were kicked out of the Dutch East Indies fleeing for our lives. We escaped in Dutch Air Service Dornier 24 flying boats and others ending up at Broome, Australia. Free for now from the marauding Jap Zero fighters, they can’t catch us here!
Our Dornier is about to depart to sanctuary in southern Australia, we’re in the...
Wednesday 29th February 2012 2:23 pm
How many pilots died and old aircraft lost when they flew over jagged snowy peaks in the remotest corners of the world? Doing a dangerous job knowing the risks and trusting in fate and luck to bring the through. Some never made it, there planes impacting vertical mountain sides in sickening crashes. Bodies lost forever, frozen in the time of death. Icily cold and otherworldly ...
Thursday 23rd February 2012 1:48 am
ONE STEP AHEAD
One step ahead of Imperial Japanese forces, we were kicked out of the Dutch East Indies fleeing for our lives. We escaped in Dutch Air Service Dornier 24 flying boats and others ending up at Broome, Australia. Free for now from the marauding Jap Zero fighters, they cant catch us here! Our Dornier is about to depart to sanctuary in southern Australia, we’re in the ...
Thursday 17th November 2011 5:02 pm
"We Reap What We Sow" - Japans Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 2011
The recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan in the wake of the recent earthquakes and tsunami shows what folly man has to think that he can contain forever and in all eventualities the power of nuclear energy.
No one thought of the force of a tsunami wave breaking the cooling system on th...
Friday 10th June 2011 11:11 pm
Leads to candle light
Leads to despair
Leads to repair
Leads to who you are
As a people
As a person
Leads to the sorrow
Leads to the loss
Leads to the humbling
That brings out,
the best of human kind...
Thursday 21st April 2011 3:15 pm