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Tadao Sawai

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Huan Yi
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When the falcon falls
finally

From the air
Still almost playfully
With one last long gyre

Then you looking up
Know in your heart
What it is to die

To feel that sadness
After all the beauty and bravery known
That someone who was that and more
Must with the rest as well come down

See how he glides
With outspread wings
Filling all of one’s memory
With silence


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1 posted 03-04-2006 12:20 AM       View Profile for icequeen   Email icequeen   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for icequeen

How beautiful this is... Just the other day I spent an hour watching three hawks glide and dip and call. They never fail to amaze me, and I always feel some sort of connection to them. Your writing reinforces that feeling.

Caroline

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2 posted 03-07-2006 09:20 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

Beauty takes many forms...this poem is one of them. You just gave new birth to a memory for me, and to the exact feeling it brought, though as an odd little country boy I didn't have the emotional cistern to contain it, nor yet a pump strong enough to draw the words out.

In mine, it was a red tailed hawk instead of a falcon, but that doesn't matter in he slightest. Thank you doubly for this one.

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Thanks to the both of you


Tadao Sawai was a Koto master
who composed for the instrument.
Taka, (Falcon), is so almost painfully
beautiful I've been listening to it
constantly since I received the CD
collection of Japanese music that included
it two weeks ago, (because of one piece
I've gone ahead and ordered more music
by and done by him).  The Japanese have
a long tradition of sabi, the poignancy of things,
the sense of transience of even the beautiful, and Taka
for me seems to convey Tadao Sawai’s sense of it.
There is a certain descending of notes he does that
almost breaks your heart for the falcon
and a devoted artist you never met
who died at 59.

Thanks again

John
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4 posted 03-08-2006 09:39 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Absolutely beautiful... this one's going into my library. *S*
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Thank you for this lovely gift. I am envious! You have a CD of him playing the koto? ~sigh~
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As for me, I'm going to find that album.

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John...beautiful, the poem and the music (thanks Ed)
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Ed and all,

Yes I have the Elizabeth Falconer CD and its version
of Taka is fine for someone who has not heard
Tadao Sawai alone perform his own masterpiece,
(the Falconer version almost seems a conscious homage
to Tadao Sawai by two many less accomplished admirers
while the pieces by Falconer herself stray from Japanese to
something Japanese American; like Chinese restaurants
serving milder versions they think their American patrons
can digest without knowing the difference),
I experienced through:


“Air Mail Music: Splendor of the Japanese Instruments”

Audio CD (January 7, 2003)
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Playasound
ASIN: B00007KFR2


The other music on the set is traditional or mindful of traditional
and much better than most introductions to the Japanese.  It was the first
collection that drew me back to the music I would hear in the air
coming from phonograph players and radios as I strolled the cobbled
lanes of Akena in Okinawa as a young man decades ago.
But to hear Taka played by Tadao Sawai alone makes the purchase worthwhile.

John

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how I missed this good one!


one among the best. though sad.

read everything.
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