In The Shadows Of Leaves (In Honour Of Yamamoto Tsunetomo)

by ianblackpoet

 

There is much to be learned from a rainstorm

And those who dwell within.

Among the shadows of summer leaves,

Beneath the somber sky.

There is much to be told of the valour

Of one who hides his face.

And turns his cheek against the wind,

To spare him from the storm.

Of one who quickens pace to home

And bows before the rain.

Of one who wraps himself in layers,

And thinks himself above.

 

There is much to be learned from a rainstorm

And those who dwell within.

Among the shadows of summer leaves,

Beneath the somber sky.

There is much to be told of the virtue

Of one who braves the storm.

And turns his smile unto the sky

To feel the heavens fall.

Of one who walks, not quickened.

But strong and resolute.

Of one who cries the very torrent,

And calls to heaven ‘more’.

 

There is much to be learned from a rainstorm

And those who dwell within.

Who quickly run along their way,

To shelter from the rain.

Who pass beneath the eaves of houses

In hoping to stay dry.

Who only find themselves perplexed;

The sky has soaked them through.

To walk beneath the open clouds

Will steep you all the same.

But render you resolved throughout.

Of all things, this is true.

 

 

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