Thank You Bob

Today I receiced a “Signed” copy of Robert Okaji’s incredible new Chapbook “Buddha’s Not Talking” >>
and “thank you Robert” for your lovely words … tonight I will enjoy a few ‘Reds’ while reading a few of your sensational poems …

By, Robert Okaji …

Ivor Steven (c) December 2022

Flute (Ro)

Today’s piece was inspired after reading Robert Okaji’s wonderful poem “Ro”, please go and visit his fantastic poetry site by clicking on this link >>

Note: Ro designates the fingering required to produce a particular note on the shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. In this case, closing all holes.

Feature Image Above: With the kind permission of Robert Okaji, the image was copied from his post “Ro”

Flute (Ro)

the melody lingers

beyond soft fingers

above the hollow

a note was borrowed

by the former mentor

you are not the lamenter

please return

to the aspiring sender

Ivor Steven (c) November 2022