making the pilgrimage

by jenni emiko kuida

making the pilgrimage
harsh winds, dust and hot sun are
too much for this sansei,

with contact lens
and fluorescent light frailty

taking cultural photos,
rice balls with takuan and lisa

people doing tanko bushi
young and old

seeing bits of shattered china, shattered lives

paying my respect to the former internees
making the pilgrimage...
one more time.