#Poem Mount Kashima

We say it was good luck
because there is no need for complication
and likewise our easy friendship

At first light we pushed the row boat into the lake
and set off toward the furthest bank
a journey of three hours

By noon we had climbed the escarpment
and relaxed in the shade of Yoshino forest

Now that summer is here
we channel a curious physicality
a time for sketches and measurements
scientists collect evidence and later build theories

We wait for the heat to pass
before we cross the plateau to the foothills

At twilight the spooks go quiet
their average level of noise is so much higher than ours
but we don’t waste time on fools
argue, fight, revenge
we rest on the certainty of hardened lovers

When you were a stranger
they said, leave her alone, leave her alone
but they only wanted me back on my feet
so they could break my legs

We watch the moonrise over Mount Kashima


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