Mizu (Water) I wrote the kanji of your name In water on a paving stone in the garden Each brushstroke a prayer to heal you The sun stole the first letter before I finished It was impossible to compose your name in full Even when I raced through it Life: one second within the stretches of time A droplet that splashes, stains and fades Ending almost as soon as it begins
Tamiko Mackison studied Latin and French at New College, Oxford. She is raising two young children. When there’s no pandemic, she’s hired as a wedding pianist from time to time.
Excellent evocation of impermanence or the Haiku term, ‘aware’ – plus a bit of ‘yugen’!