The Raglan Road of Tokyo

On Gaien Higashi Dori

Life from the Raglan Road of Tokyo

Sunday, October 5


I lie on my back, river pavilion warmth, intone poems, gaze over the fields.
Flowing water -- my mind doesn't try to keep up;
lingering clouds -- my thoughts match their slowness.
Silently, silently, spring about to end;
Joyful, joyful, each thing in its own nature.
Can't go home to my old woods yet -- to battle gloom I make myself write poems.

Du Fu (712-770 A.D.)

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Gaien Higashi Dori means Outer Gardens (of the Meiji Shrine) Ave. East. It is one of the beautiful big leafy avenues that winds through the center of Tokyo.

Raglan Road is a poem and song about love and loss by one of the finest Irish poets of the twentieth century, Patrick Kavanagh.