No Clouds in that Sky

A memory of Edo

John Levin
Apr 21 · 2 min read
Dye House at Konya-cho, Kanda. by Utagawa Hiroshige, ca. 1857, Public Domain

I thought I smelled springtime,
cloth looped on a dowel,
blue dyed and still wet,
one watching bird floating in air,

Things that have stopped,
and no one knows why,
Japan before cars, trains, and jet planes,