Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cherry Petal Shell

Here is Kiyoko Shibata as a schoolgirl in Japan. 
This picture was taken at a memorial service
from a photo on display, A ceiling light
 shines a golden splotch on the glassine covering.

How I love it
the sea of my hometown—
cherry petal shell

Kiyoko Shibata Tokutomi

When I asked Kiyoko to describe "cherry petal shells"
she held thumb and finger slightly apart 
to show that the delicate shell was about 
the size of a child's fingernail.
Later, she brought me some shells from Japan in a tiny jar.
They were a soft, clear, bright, not-very-dark pink.
I still have them.   jhhymas

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