Still lazy after all these years but broke into a slight sweat a few months ago to produce a collection, Chuang Tse's Caterpillar, published by Flapjack Press. Being a shy and retiring type I fled to the Jack Kerouac Festival in Lowell to launch it last October.
Autumn Leaves Like a character from a Murakami story Mr Nagata looks through the shutters at the empty street He takes another sip of his Suntori He imagines he can hear the beat Gone Midnight and everything quiet Only the fallen leaves eddying around the wheels of cars The young people passed through an hour ago Birds of Paradise fallen from the stars Mr Nagata thinks of his younger son who’s in the army And prays for his safety Wherever he might be He has heard nothing since the Tohuku tsunami For thirty years he listened to the plangent beat Rising from the cellar club three doors away He has seen the queues stretch down the street He has heard the masters play All things must pass thinks Mr Nagata philosophically But even during the Quakes it carried on People came out to challenge nature Yet now, the beat has gone He thinks he might run through his albums He has them organised by issue-date, in line Many of them signed His elder son used to work there at one time In a life there is joy and pain Things rise and fall, they come and go Mr Nagata has seen it all And thanks his gods that he’s still here to know He picks an album Here’s one he hasn’t played for years Stan Getz’s Autumn Leaves And allows himself the luxury of tears Like a character from a Murakami story Mr Nagata looks through the shutters at the empty street He takes another sip of his Suntori And realises his fingers are tapping to the beat.
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