Worldle Daily is a fun online exercise that throws up an image of somewhere on planet Earth and urges six tries to locate it using its embedded Google Earth tool. Clues in the photo generally help me to a solution within the first three attempts. Yesterday I found myself in Japan’s Nagoro Scarecrow Village, where the scarecrow-to-human ratio is 300:40.
Nagoro’s getting smaller; only 40 people left
Big City’s Call and Death have left them all bereft
Tsukimi Ayano has devised a populating plan;
Kakashi to the rescue – for each woman, child and man.
A scarecrow for each absentee dwells on the village scene
In garden, street, and bus-stop, silent presence reigns serene
Each painted face and stance recalls the person gone
And helps the town recall how together they are one.
The Christian world commemorates today for All the Saints
Those who have gone before and who inspire without constraints
It seems our village, though not so small, is larger than it seems
The Cloud of Witnesses surrounding us, breathing life to all our dreams.