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VOLUME 1 — NUMBER 3.3

NEW IN WILD RIVER REVIEW

SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon — A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno

COLUMN: Storiedmusic by DJ T’challah

AIRMAIL: Bodhi Blues — A Year in India by Jessica Falcone

NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip — Chapter 2

REVIEW: Gulliver as Slave Trader — Racism Reviled by Jonathan Swift




Untitled Temple Poem

Tokoji Temple
Amakusa, Japan

The sun comes up each morning in silence;
the moon disappears, but nobody sees.

Flowers dance by the roadside unnoticed;
birds twitter sweetly, but nobody hears.

People don’t stop to consider what matters.
People work hard all their lives to achieve

a dream of success that will make them happy:
position or power, fortune or fame—

until they are old and they realize too late
that the beauty of living has passed them by

while the river travels alone to the ocean,
the wind sings alone in the tops of the trees.

This poem was translated and adapted into English at the request of Morinobu Okabe, 31st priest of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Kokoji. The original Japanese poem is available to visitors as a broadside; this adaptation, which was first read by Ehrhart at a tea ceremony at the temple on June 23rd, 2006, will now be available at the temple for English-speaking visitors.


Kazunori Takenaga

Kazunori Takenaga


Kazunori “Ken” Takenaga is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, where he first met W. D. “Bill” Ehrhart. Takenaga, then a Japanese National, now holds dual American and Japanese citizenship. He is currently a tourism specialist working for hotels in the Seto Inland Sea area of Japan.

KAZUNORI TAKENAGA IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Untitled Temple Poem

W. D. Ehrhart

W. D. Ehrhart


W. D. Ehrhart’s most recent collection is Sleeping with the Dead (Adastra Press 2006); he lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the Haverford School.

WEBSITE: www.wdehrhart.com

W. D. EHRHART IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Untitled Temple Poem