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A Thousand Voices

Saint Paul, 30 May 2005

A typhoon relents
The ascent of a vernal bough
As a mourning dove departs

Evening cedes a leeward moon
A thousand voices beget a
Thousand whispers

Yakusugi’s canopy
Sentinel for centuries
Table and chairs of antiquity

The Yakusugi is a venerable species of cedar tree that has thrived for millennia
on Yakushima Island off the south coast of Japan’s southern-most region of Kyusyu.
Many Sugi on the island are believed to be several thousands of years old.