Wild River Review

WRR 4.4 — 1 AUGUST 2007


NOVEL EXCERPT: In a State of Partition by Aneesha Capur

SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice by Joy E. Stocke, Kim Nagy, and Chris Tiefel

COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — The Gift by Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki

FILM REVIEW: The Prisoner, or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair by Elizabeth Sheldon

AIRMAIL: Confessions of a Global Traveler — Hong Kong Diary: Of Courtesans and Kings by the Professor

NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip Chapter 4 by Constance Garcia-Barrio


UP THE CREEK: Editor’s Notes — Art, Yoga, and Abu Ghraib

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.

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

POETRY: Untitled Temple Poem