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Nanoa Sakaki

If you have time to chatter
Read books
If you have time to read
Walk into mountain, desert and ocean
If you have time to walk
Sing Songs and dance
If you have time to dance
Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot — Nanao Sakaki.

A most interesting fellow whose poems were sometimes about the world he lived in intimately, sometimes in the broader political sense, sometimes in the “mystical” sense in unconventional logic.

John Brandi recited one of Nanao’s poems which went Why walk to the mountain? The mountain is me. I am not mountain. I am not me.

In another in which he advised a troubled mind always finds whatever answer in white water.

He travelled extensively, lived with Allen Ginsberg as a hippie, sometimes living in mountains, sometimes living off what he caught in tidepools. Memorials remembering him come from around the world.

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  1. That’s a very clever one.
    I hadn’t seen Sakaki before.

  2. hey, wonderful poem. thank you for the introduction.

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