Inside by Amy Uyematsu

based on photographs from Rural Japan:
                      Radiance of the Ordinary

afloat two boats with no riders
still moving on water
the hulls barely touching
each with a single oar
safely propped
so it won’t fall

lotus leaves
close into themselves
at night
on their wide folded backs
water beads
inside, their sleeping

do the carp
just below the water’s stillness
see the pines

fall daikon
just pulled from the soil
these pungent roots
hang from bamboo poles
their white tubed bodies
bend as if slightly aroused
each ripe radish will
be drenched
in salt
then eaten raw
all winter

lone pine
ancient tree
with so many tongues
how long this throated stem
this stillness before rain