Kyoto After Rain – Peter Scacco

I come after a sleep
of many years to stand here
as a prodigal son
beneath a massive gate.

Nothing at all has changed
neither these wet golden leaves
along the black stone paths
the scent of rain-doused pines

not even the droplets
from these weathered temple eaves
repeating patterned tones
in dreams these bygone years.

And having now returned
will these lengthening shadows
of a dripping fall day
drawing me darkly home?

Peter ScaccoPeter L. Scacco is the author of six books of poetry: A new Game (2017), Three Meditations (2016), The Gray Days (2014), Along a Path (2013), A Quiet Place (2012), and Chiaroscuro (2010). Mr. Scacco is also the author of a translation of Théophile Gautier’s The Salon of 1850-51 (2018). Mr. Scacco’s poems and woodcuts have been featured in numerous print and online journals. He has lived and worked in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Brussels, and he now resides in Austin, Texas. His artwork can be seen at