Yushima Tenjin Shrine in Spring Rain On the woodcut print by Kasamatsu Shiro There’s no hurry here, Only gray doves fat with cold, Lavender dusk snagged In empty branches. By lamplight, two women have come, Each alone, to stroll The rain-silvered walks. Each, anonymous beneath Her wide umbrella, Holds her secret thoughts Close to her – or perhaps no Thoughts at all, only Something like peace. They Have not been asked to think, but Only to exist, Present and unknown, Two women in cold spring rain Before the trees bloom.
Sally Thomas is the author of a poetry collection, Motherland (Able Muse Press 2020), and a forthcoming novel, Works of Mercy (Wiseblood Books 2022). Her work has appeared recently in Autumn Sky Poetry Review, Dappled Things, North American Anglican, Plough Quarterly, and Trinity House Review.