Fallen Leaves and a Solo Broom: a Lament for Japan by John Walford

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

I am pleased to have had a lament for Japan by my friend John Walford.  I will let the image and the poetic words speak for themselves.

Standing Solo

“Fallen Leaves and a Solo Broom”

How time can change the way we see,
Familiar things from another year.
This lone broom, waiting to sweep
Some scattered leaves from yesteryear.

Ivy drooping over a green-stained wall,
The sloping road, and red-paved path,
Waiting in innocence for a passer-by,
To take the broom, and sweep the leaves.

Who could have known, July last year,
It might not be a gentle hand that seized
The broom – nor that the earth would shake,
The sea would roar, sweep all away – but fear.

— A lament for all lost and suffering in Japan,
and a prayer that time would witness the country
return to the graceful beauty of the single broom.
–JW, March 26, 2011, and in admiration of
Jacob Schere’s poetic vision of Japan.

Thanks John for such beautiful thought provoking words.

Originally posted at John Walford’s blog Only Connect on March 26, 2011.

Winter Light has Come

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

That winter light has begun to shine.  There is a special quality to the light here, especially as the haze and smog of summer fade away, and those clear days where I can see Mt Fuji are here.  I love this light, objects just seems to sparkle and come alive and the thermometer starts to dip.

Broom with Winter Light

Urban Banner Nature

Temp Drops, the Color Comes out to Play

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The temperature has dropped over the course of the day.  By the time I made my way back to the station the wind was picking up and little icy droplets of rain had begun to fall.  No problem for me, because the saturation of the colors just soothed my face against the wind.  It made it all worth it, especially finding the Tidy Blue Niche.

Blue Tidy Niche

Patched Over Wall

201 or 202

Step Walled Door

Rain Rain Rain

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Nothing but wind and rain today.

Hostess Bar Sweep

Alley Gate Mailbox

Ticky Tacky and the Solo Broom

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The skies have been threatening all day.  The sun seemed to have set today in the late afternoon rather than the evening; this being said, I still managed to click off a few shots in between dodging the scattered falling drops.  A further investigation into brooms.  I seem to be seeing them at every turn these days.

Standing Solo

Ticky Tacky

Cement Wall Bush

Serving up Leftovers

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Relaxing and regaining my energy, these are images shot but not uploaded during the week.

Tossing Down Coing

Sheltered Vent

Urban Planting

Straignt Sweep

A Broom Should Always Look this Good

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I had to venture to the heart of Edogawa Ward to have my free yearly health check.  I love that there is some preventive medicine practiced in Japan.  It might not be perfect, but it is better than none at all.

The temperature peaked at about 32 yesterday.  Quite hot for June, but at least it was dry and in the shade it was perfect summer weather.  After the check I wandered alongside a shaded stream a little light headed from the lack of food, and the blood sample given.  I love looking at the simple structures and constructs that people have created for themselves and their community.  There were places to sit, things to climb on and back doors with everything all decayingly tidy.  A sort of wabi sabi attitude in the hot dry air.

This is the Tokyo that I have come to respect.  The endless winding streets, were everything at first glance looks the same as everywhere else.  Train your mind and your eye to work in unison to see something uniquely beautiful.

Tokyo, rust, concrete and wood.

Box Door Broom

Second Past the Hand

Got Your Nut


Yellow Roof Exhaust

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