Upon Facing Death

In honor of the Japanese holiday, Foundation Day, we present this work by one of modern Japan’s most charming poets.

Michio Mado
1909 – 2014


Dear God,
I thank you
for letting me,
a scrawny spoon,
scoop from the ocean just once
The ocean
was beautiful
Carefully holding
this drop of
glorious sunset
I will come
to make an offering
to you

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