Hazy River

Hazy River

Benny Oyama - Ito, Shizuoka, Japan November 2016

When you've armor thick as mine nobody asks you if you're fine

they think you're safe behind the walls that you've constructed in your mind

I wish that I could take you

down the path to hazy river

where the ground is strewn with insight

and I warm you with my body

you can hear the fog arising

from the mouths of mountain sparrows

you remembered in a past life

remember the mountain waters hold the gift of incarnation

that you pressed into your notebook as we sat beside the river

you can tremble when I touch you, have no fear I'm not an angel

I'm the lonely river mountain passing through a sacred valley

and I'm holy, unaccustomed to your smile