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Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Mie River, Near Yokkaichi

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The Mie River, Near Yokkaichi
Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) 

The wind blows one man’s hat back from
where he came, as he turns
to chase it, the other pushes
onward against the invisible force,
his head bowed, the ends
of his cloak billowing behind.
He clutches it tightly under his chin,
a crooked walking stick fashioned
from a wind-felled tree long ago
is used for balance.
Bending reeds laugh on the shoreline.





Chris Austin enjoys the cathartic properties of writing and reading poetry. He is part of a group of Milwaukee-based poets known as the Sunday Morning Poets. The group has an anthology called Portals and Piers.