The road to the falls stretches
all the way to Marshfield, Vermont.
The map shows it straighter than
the one I remember;
straighter than the one
that brought me to where I am now.
It’s paved, except for the last quarter mile,
fewer bumps and detours,
but still dotted with places to stop and rest;
places that no longer tempt me to stay.
Roots here are shallow
thriving in rich, moist soil –
longing for the harsh New England winter.
CDSinex had lived in rural Hokkaido (Japan’s northernmost island) for 20 years, and enjoys the challenge of Japanese short-forms as well as the discipline of writing in rhyme and meter. His poems have appeared on Every Day Poets, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Icebox (Kyoto, Japan), Contemporary Haibun On-Line, and Four and Twenty, among others. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.