Not a Japanese Poem – Scott F. Parker

but nevertheless a frog did just plop
in the pond and it is Kyoto I’m thinking
of as the maple leaf turns from red to
yellow to compost in the time it takes
me to finish my thought.

Scott F. ParkerScott F. Parker is the author of A Way Home: Oregon Essays and the editor of Conversations with Joan Didion, among other books. He teaches writing at Montana State University.