in the whisperings of winter

zen garden in winter

by Keiko Shibata


chimes hang on patio

evening excites our dreams

water pours over stones,

gentle garden plants sleep

snow reflects the moon

a shower of mystical light

stillness is cherished

time reshapes thought

words are withheld

we embrace

morning breathes

the flesh exposes

our longing drifts

in the whisperings of winter.