Short poems

A few short poems for the season, including one about a delicious Japanese orange called a  “Mikan”


at the side
opposite the stem

and slowly peel

the flesh is
naked and waiting
to be devoured.
— Kushiro, 10 January 2008

* * *

One of my profoundest joys

One of my profoundest joys
is listening
to my wife sing
as she cooks.

I am lifted.

* * *


In this quiet room
only the TV and my pen
show any motion.

* * *

Another gorgeous, sunny day.
Three hawks circle silently overhead.

* * *


The ocean
is magnificent

sun sparkling
on its calm surface.


About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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