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I haven’t published any poems for some time, so I thought I’d share the following for #WorldPoetryDay.

These were written at the “Creativity with the Spirit” evening (13 Nov 2017) during Scottish Interfaith Week. They don’t follow a traditional Japanese 5-7-5 syllable structure (this departure is apparently quite common nowadays). “On the Spot”, as all six were written in the course of about 20 minutes, with no further editing.

flakes in the air
first snowfall
or volcanic eruption

mist in the air
forgot the brolly
up goes the hood

autumn morn
the Clyde like glass
leaf falling on water

springtime here
still bundled up
where are the blooms?

Saturday morn
lie-in expected
binmen disrupt

Shabbat morn on the bus
yet on the streets
life goes on

Glasgow, 21 March 2018

Det er maj

Solen skinner
men en kold vind blæser gennem min krop

Unge mænd har korte bukser på
men andre bærer vinterjakker

Iskiosken i parken åbnes
men jeg har lyst til en kop varm te

Træerne begynder at blomstre
men ikke på min side af gaden

Livet har mange men’er
aldrig bare sort eller hvidt

It is May

The sun is shining
but a cold wind blows through my body

Young men are wearing shorts
but others don winter coats

The ice cream stand in the park has opened
but I feel like a cup of hot tea

The trees are beginning to bloom
but not on my side of the street

Life has many buts
never just black or white

from Aalborg

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