All around me
Green abounds -

Beyond the window
Just above your shoulder
I see the swaying leaves -
You said they'd turn a darker green
Before the fall
Which didn't happen elsewhere
When you were abroad.
I said they'd be evergreens
You nodded as if to say
That's how you'd like them all to be.

In the green and park domain
You held the reins assuredly.
Uncertainty lurked in your eyes
I wondered why -
How devoted were you indeed
To till the greenery for one and all -
Or was this a pass-through
On a journey to paths and pursuits
And greening beyond our grasp
At day's end when work is done.

I hadn't known
But it came to light
When I beheld the greenery
Beyond the open window
How you heartily relished
Their freshness, ever-joyful
Still youthful greenery
Overwhelming you, awaiting you -
So unlike those immersed in approaching fall
Soon to assume a darkening glow
Weathering beyond the joyous green.

Green lays hold on you undoubtedly
And you delight in the greening glory
That awaits at each day's end
No matter it'd be darkening
But green alone lights up your eyes.
Like earth's creation, God's hand
Creates a paradisiac green -
And we behold the magnanimous glory
And the greening power within us -
Go, if you must -
Delight in your greening journey
In the park, where she awaits

Green reigns supreme, consummate -
As God's creation, I too, as the days darken,
Will tread amidst the scenery all around
And rejoice in finding common ground
Before the approaching shadows fall.

"Greening in Sayama" by Ivy C. Machida