Sunday, December 11, 2011


Friends ~ and you know who you are ~
we lost Shizumi Corman
on November 30, 2011.

Shizumi is now where she always said she always wanted to be,
with her husband Cid Corman (1924-2004 ).

Kyoto has a dove flying overhead.

I had a thirty year strong relationship and correspondence with Cid, often four letters a week, in the good old days of blue aerogrammes. Who, possibly, has that much to say? But we did. And when Cid was gone, for those few years more, when I wrote to Shizumi, she asked that I continue addressing the letters as I always had "dear Cid & Shizumi". Including having Cid's name on the mailing envelope.

The muse behind 1000 poems.

I leave my

life with you

Make of it

what you can.

~ CC

Shizumi Corman
(Konishi Shizumi)

Baby—we've all jumped

from the pot into the fire.

Ain't we something else?

~ CC

calligraphy © shizumi corman
longhouse publishers & booksellers
photo © susan arnold


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks for the note and fine Cid work. Blessings to Shizumi. No more need for blue aerogrammes when you've a dove.


Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Good morning, Don,

yes, little more need be said (though thorough acknowledgement would be key) to the strengths and loyalties of the poet's muse. In this case, the backbone, and I believe Cid would agree.

all's well, B.