“In Kyoto …”

In Kyoto,
hearing the cuckoo,
I long for Kyoto.

Translated by Jane Hirshfield

This wonderful short poem feels like an appropriate adieu to 2010.

The collage above is by Susana Jacobson and dates from our days of sharing a loft on the Lower East Side, on Henry Street at Rutgers, so many years ago. We were in our 20s back then when she gifted this to me. And as is the nature of the mind, it feels like a life that was happening just a few months ago.