Edamame Field (detail)
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Edamame Field (detail)
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Miya Sukune

Edamame Field (detail)
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Mervyn R. Seivwright

Driving in Mutsu mountains

snaking on skinny two-lane roads

searching for the peak. Stop.

Slightly screeching tires

twenty feet from four snow

monkeys, parents with youngsters

cuddled, white, tan, gray fur

bringing contrast to pink

wrinkled faces. Feeding on cherry

blossoms branches, petals sailing,

scattered piles in road’s center.

Male monkey stops chewing

cherry blossom


his head, lighthouse diagnosing

danger in his amber eyes.

He sees the movements inside

my car and stands, stance of warrior

waiting, gazing cautiously at me.

Mervyn R. Seivwright is of Jamaican heritage, born in London, England, and currently resides in Tipp City, Ohio. He has appeared in The Scribe Literary Journal, Flights Literary Journal, Rigorous Journal, The Trinity Review, and Montana Mouthful Literary Magazine, is pending publications with iō Literary Journal, Prometheus Dreaming Cultural Magazine, and has been commissioned by the British Museum, Ipswich, United Kingdom. Mervyn is currently completing an MFA with a poetry concentration at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky.

Miya Sukune: Born in Japan, raised in New Jersey and now living in the Pacific Northwest, I am a visual artist focused on drawing and painting. I embrace the irregularities of marks created by hand for an open, human quality in my art. You can see more of my work at www.miyasukune.com or follow me @miya.sukune on Instagram.