acer leaves adhered

to a wet black bench

colours running

children amongst rocks

echoes of lost summer


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with my eyes closed

silently reading

the book of no words


in the sand

curling twists of blood

no painting its equal


billowing heaven

shot with the colours of sun

a cloud of orchids


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The Battle of Kawanakajima

The present day city of Nagano stands on the site of the five battles of Kawanakajima: 1553, 1555, 1557, 1561 and 1564 –¬†at each of which up to 33,000 men fought in pitched battle. Continue reading