Hiroshige Rain

serried bamboo spears
streak down on life’s low bustle
with precise malice
each drenching sliver a taunt
in mockery of shelter

Hiroshige_Atake_sous_une_averse_soudaine

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9 thoughts on “Hiroshige Rain

  1. On the Waterfront

    I could have been a warrior
    In a Kuniyoshi print
    Battling a ghost-demon
    Or giant toad

    I could have been a sight-seer
    In a Hokusai print
    And having 50 views
    Of Mount Fuji

    I could have been amorous
    In an Utamaro print
    Sticking my veined *******
    In a *******

    Instead I’m in the rain
    In a Hiroshige print
    Can’t see the wood
    Or the trees.

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  2. I meant to call my effort “On the Waterfront” to emphasise the “I could have been a contender” sentiments.

    If dim memory serves me well I think our old blog colleague MeltonMowbray collected Japanese prints.

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  3. Unfortunately my memory isn’t that good.

    I only remembered the Japanese connection because he said he had an original Kuniyoshi who’s one of my favourite artists.

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  4. You’re right, I was an avid collector of prints. I had to stop when we ran out of wall space owing to an earlier passion for maps, of the Phillips School Series type: the physical ones are works of art, though I dare say ET will disagree.

    Nice-looking blog.

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  5. MM I’d only disagree with the sentiment that I’d disagree about the artistry of maps. Having spent decades printing out hundreds of maps for touring purposes I welcome the satnav but they don’t give the sort of information that an atlas does.

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  6. Yes, the satnav’s obsession with the shortest possible route led me through endless single track roads and farmyards for the sake of a couple of hundred metres until I got the hang of ignoring it.

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