milky way

sweet rain
on my flower bed
I welcome home
its early spring

green buds
the rebirth
of a garden

Sakura shoots
covered with 
March snow
will a painless future
be possible?

the loss of an orchard

how many 
years ago
the bloody soil
around my roots
pain recalls pain

strife planted
I yearn to be rain-drenched
with healing


       Mariko Kitakubo
       Deborah P Kolodji