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Traveling to Japan taught me nothing, except
for the fear of missing flights, stranding myself
in places where I can't read signs, and taking
the wrong escalator off a train platform into
a department store.

The land did the teaching, rolling hills that became
mountains in the blink of an eye, rushing past fast
as crowds of salarymen filled every vacant seat
in every train car, in every city bus, in every
office visible to the naked eye or otherwise—

hills that became mountains covered in trees
and buildings and both, the earth that came to terms
with the creatures living on it that came to terms
with the earth. The Kamogawa, a lesson
in patience, cut through both—a leader flanked
by concrete soldiers, situated between ume trees
that cast long shadows at sunset.

There are 1,600 temples in Kyoto, some
older than the city itself. Even there, the land
did the teaching, proving permanence
that has outlived the salarymen, that has
outlived the buildings, that has outlived
human presence—a welcome lesson that
beauty will still be there after I'm gone.
I kinda lost the thread of where I wanted this to go after a few lines, but I haven't sat down with the intent of actually writing a poem just for the sake of writing a poem in a long while. Still not sure if I miss it. Here's something, anyway.
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Kyoto by ikazon ( Featured by akrasiel )
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Yrdenne Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is really lovely!
I´ve been to Kyoto and it´s a wonderful city.
I can feel what you want to tell with these lines :)
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! :iconclapplz:!!!   I think, since you were "just writing for the sake of writing", is partly why this came out so good. ^^



Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  Enjoy the limelight. :)
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on your DD, honey. Love you, Monkey. :heart:
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations on the DD!
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Professional Writer
Love this. I remember you took some pictures on your trip ... since I'm blind, this gives me some mental pictures of it. :)
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017   Writer
The imagery feels tangible. Lovely work.
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Nullibicity Featured By Owner Edited Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This brings me back to when I set foot on the soil. For being in such a different place, I never told anyone that the biggest lessons came about myself, or things that would soothe myself. It seemed like something a lot of people would misunderstand. 
I enjoyed the journey through your thoughts. I think you captured beauty and a powerful reflection. Thank you for sharing :heart:
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ant-under-glass Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Student Writer
As someone who's living abroad and is approaching time to go back home, I definitely related to this on a personal level. :+fav:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017   Writer
Excellent writing, imo. I learned a lot about Japan, reading a piece by a poet who starts by saying he learned nothing. :+favlove:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely reflections, Trevor. 
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neurotype Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't miss writing but then I realize I never really stop - even if it's on the inside of my own head, and I suspect you wandered through Kyoto as a poet P:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017   Writer
That's fair. I write all day for work, too, so it's not like I really have an opportunity to miss writing, per se, I just haven't felt particularly driven to return to poetry specifically, I think. Part of that is probably because I haven't read any poetry lately, but I'm not going to try to defend myself on that one :shifty:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, fair enough

I don't write at work but I do get to exercise some creativity. Also, I don't have a boring ass miserable redundant waste of time position anymore.
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Ikue Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic read.
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017   Writer
I'm late, but thank you! :hug:
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HugQueen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017   Writer
:heart:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017   Writer
:hug:
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Jinxy031 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Kyoto...Skrillex? Free Avatar - Radio bangbangbang 
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017   Writer
Not quite, hahaha. Not a bad song though!
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Jinxy031 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I know. And it isn't a bad song, you're right!
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bubbybubbles12 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017   General Artist
Regardless of intention, this is a lovely poem with beautiful imagery and a wonderful message.  Thank you for sharing your experiences. :)
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017   Writer
Thank you! :D I'm not unhappy with it, per se, just kinda lost the thread of what I was going for while I was writing. I appreciate your thoughts, though, so thank you again!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
I like this. And I need you to know that you are now synonymous with Japan in my mind.
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ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017   Writer
Ha, that's a compliment that I'm happy to accept. Thank you for reading, Jay! :)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
It kinda goes both ways. I think of you every time I see really cool Tokyo street fashion on Twitter, for instance, but also every time I find myself watching mediocre anime on Crunchyroll I think to myself "Trevor would be so disappointed in me."  :D
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Exillior Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically you'll never be gone. You just become part of the world. :paranoid:
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ikazon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017   Writer
I mean, maybe, but I'd like to think my consciousness can go do other things elsewhere, even if it's just taking an eternal nap. :P
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Exillior Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: That could also work.
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