Poem: “An Ancient Kingdom”


An Ancient Kingdom

Along the shore of Honshu
I saw six mounds
Where ancient kings were buried

They are taboo
And long established custom has it
No one may delve or enter

Centuries ago
A wave rose from the sea
And drowned their kingdom

Now, on autumn nights
The lights of their processions
Flicker on the summits of the graves

The ancients have awoken
Their solemn festivals and rites

Lit with spirit light
Honored with the fanfare
Of the crashing of the sea

Six kings
Of the cursed kingdom
Of Fukushima

Who buried them?
It was their fearful subjects
Who buried them alive

March 18, 2011


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  • Stephen Pohl

    That Tsunami and An Ancient Kingdom are masterful poems.