After posting about the poems I’m expecting to come out, the first is actually one I didn’t know when it would appear!
“Kami” is featured on Strong Verse right now.
This poem isn’t speculative–except in allusion.
I wrote this based on a real place I would pass when cutting through the shrine close to my school, a pleasant park-like space in the middle of our city.
I can’t tell you whether this is the little shrine I am remembering (the descriptions are in Chinese, though I can tell that at least it’s in the town I am speaking of) but this image is close enough.
Most shrines (especially those not close to cemeteries) were pleasant places, without much spiritual feeling to their grounds. This one small off-set shrine just had a different ambiance.