two-by-two (poem)

(inspired by a trip to Osaka, Japan—June 2016)

two-by-two

I.
spinal exercises
in the morning:
first the shoulders,
then the neck
before working up
to the head

crack the bones
into the soup
heat and soak
stir and repeat
fish broth for days
ginger slips
under the roof
of the mouth
remedy for throat
on a sore day
lying in hotel bed.

II.
a nameless face
(or faceless name?)
serves ramen
between stalls
made for solitude
in Shinsaibashi

the evening outside
smells of rain
pouring into streets
washes the market
clean of tourists
run for cover
before we soak
into sheets
in the hotel bed
dreaming under
the castle sun.

 

© Rebecca Goes Rendezvous, 2016

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