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Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

“Weeds” by Fuyuhiko Kitagawa

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photo: Imperial Palace East Gardens, Tokyo


paying no attention to surroundings

are growing as they want to grow.

This scenery gives a feeling of contentment.

Although stepped on by people,

before we can be aware,

they have lengthened so much that one’s knees are hidden.

In some places

even a person’s body is lost from sight

there are such deep places.

This scenery gives a feeling of contentment.

When able to grow without limit

they should go ahead and spread out.

Even though not attractive

the plentiful flowers should open abundantly.

by Fuyuhiko Kitagawa (b. 1900)

from Anthology of Modern Japanese Poetry translated by Yuki Sawa

Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.


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