Edamame Field (detail)
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A SUNDAY DRIVE IN MUTSU MOUNTAINS
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
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 or follow me @miya.sukune on Instagram.