In the year 2009, known as The Year of the Astronomy , was the project Space Poem Chain, organized by JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.(1)
Space Poem Chain or renshi (ren= linked; shi = poetry) is another form of linked verse based on the renga. It was written by poets from all the world, and it was initiated by the poet and critic Makoto Ooka, the one who has supervised the poems of the Space Poem Chain project. Renshi was the origin in the older poetry known as renga or renku, alternating 3 lines, 5 lines, and keeping the close links and the far off ones, known as the ” perfume links.” The astronauts Mamoro Mohri and Naoko Yamazaku have opened the Space Poem Chain, each with a poem. Selected poems are stored aboard the space module Kibo (Hope) of the ISS – International Space Station .
Thus, the foundation of The First Library of The Sky was laid.
I am very honoured and glad because in 2007 one of my poems was selected for the volume 2 of this project, named “The Stars.” My poem is (2) :
I have begun this travel on the morning when I was born.
A star from the depth of the sky is my guardian angel
watching with his own light, my body and my soul, and all my dreams.
At daybreak he sends me a dove at the window to teach me
to decipher the air signs of the sky home returning way.