On the Farthest Shore

amidst the sacred
and the profane
there is a gateway

a perch for cockerels
to call Amaterasu
from out of seclusion

where darkened sky
is lifted, and the kami
dance on holy ground

and when I get there
I will clap and bow
thrice before passing

for the sanctification
and the purification
found on the other side

- The Fool
- photograph by Michael Kenna