Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Poetic Subjects

This Pillow Book entry is inspired by The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon, translated and edited by Ivan Morris. Sei Shōnagon was a courtesan in 10th century Japan who kept a diary of the goings-on at court and concealed it in her wooden pillow. She made lists under various categories of specific, often quirky things.

From The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon
     The capital city. Arrowroot. Water-bur. Colts. Bamboo grass. The
     round-leaved violet. Club moss. Flat river-boats. Teh mandarin duck.
     The scattered chigaya reed. Lawns. The green vine. The pear tree. The

Poetic Subjects
A wisp of clouds, unrequited love, a feeling one is afraid to lose, an early bloom surprises one on a morning walk, a passionate embrace, snow-covered fields, a home that once may have been warm and inviting but now crumbles under the weight of decay, a thing that is rustic and old, facing one's fears, I once had a dream and before I did not recognize the fear that lay just below my skin, gnawing at my soul, preventing me from soaring.

The Pink Evening Sky

A warm sun whispers
to your heart. Lie
down on the lingering
wind. Clutch sleep
in a dream. Your bed
is the pink evening sky.


His touch haunts
me. Between desire
and adore, a clutch
or an ache, in the embrace
of night, the lingering
caress of trusting souls.


Escape the lusty 
Candle of day under 
her mate, the drunken 
moon. The dropping 
of hearts in wild 
darkness. The telling
of dreamy hunger, 
in sacred fire 
burning, flickers, 
as morning devours 
her night.

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