Carp Pond (Tojiin, Kyoto)


guardian gods

of this temple pond.

Do you mind the racket

these rowdy invaders make?

Only when

they forget to feed you

from the fish-cracker box.


Copyright Ricky Barrow 2014

Ashikaga Yoshimitsu

Face like the ancient poets,

who you had absorbed

deep into your own fibre,

and knew Li Po by heart.

But those eyes,

sadder than any romantic’s,

I wonder if, in the end,

your golden pavilion

brought you the

beauty you craved?


(Statue in Tojiin temple, Kyoto)


Copyright Ricky Barrow 2014