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Philip Terman: The Day After The Inauguration, I Read Some Japanese Poetry

I turn away from the news

To the open book of Musō Soseki

Where he writes that inside his heart

He keeps three thousand prancing horses.

The heater comes on and it’s early afternoon,

The middle of January, and out there

its grey wind and saturated lawns

And at the end of the dog walk I have to

Really rub down those soft soaked paws,

And you press down a little too hard

Because all I want to do is go back

To my chair and my desk and read

About Heaven Peak, and hope

That mountains are still holding it up.

Copyright 2017 Philip Terman

Philip Terman’s many books include Our Portion: New and Selected Poems published by Autumn House Press.



Philip Terman

6 comments on “Philip Terman: The Day After The Inauguration, I Read Some Japanese Poetry

  1. triciaknoll
    January 28, 2017

    Thank you for the breath that came through. I read Chinese poets and then sometimes I forget to go into those spaces where there are Heaven Peaks and dancing horses.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gospel Isosceles
    January 28, 2017

    Good to know some people are still noticing the finer things, the eternal gifts.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Philip Terman
    January 28, 2017

    Thanks, mike. Will do. Forgot about the picture!



    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      January 28, 2017

      I like the picture. Takes us back to our hippie roots.


  4. David Ades
    January 28, 2017

    I so enjoy each new Philip Terman poem and this is no exception. Beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

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