The Path to Here

First published in Solitary Plover #25, Winter 2017, page 4. Originally written on 27 July 2010 at the Seattle Japanese Garden in Seattle, Washington.

water striders
ripple the reflection
of turtle island

        I try to guess the age
        of the stone lantern

the toddler’s exclamation
from the moonviewing platform—
hungry koi

mid summer—
bending closer to the garden
for each new scent

        the tea house almost lost
        in the Japanese maples

sandaled feet
crunching on gravel—
the path to here