In Tsurumai Park

by Iain Maloney

in Tsurumai Park
the cosplayers gather
first day of spring

 

a murmuration;
joggers, baseball teams
stretching in the sunlight

 

she walks like a dancer;
the willow bows
under the starling’s sway.

 

Look at me!
Cosplayer
Peony
Poet

 

the cosplayers shiver
murky in lamplight
the setting sun

 

after dark
it’s too cold
for poetry

 

standing on his pedals
an old man freewheels;
sparkle of starlight

 

the spring moon
brittle and blazing
a secret in everyday clothes

 

they pack themselves away
ume blossom
mauve in the twilight

 

in Japan
farewells are long
goodbyes sudden

 

Editor’s Note on In Tsurumai Park:

In Tsurumai Park is not the first piece that Eastlit has published by Iain Maloney.The following work has featured in Eastlit:

You can also read Eastlit’s Iain Maloney interview.

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