Three poems

Small-town on the road between Kushiro and Sapporo

Two tall Japanese pines and
flowers surround this old,
tumble-down house
where no one lives.


Today the old red macaw
is on his perch munching seeds
as the arctic wind whips past.

Does this out-of-place bird
Dream of steaming tropical
— In front of a pet store, Kushiro, December 13, 2007

Guitarist Leo Kottke

Said his voice sounds like
Goose farts on a muggy day.

But his guitar,
Oh, what a voice it has!


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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