100 Poems from the Japanese

My favorite all time poetry book is the classic 100 Poems from the Japanese translations by Kenneth Rexroth. It is the book I always go back to. Always.  I refer to this book the way some refer to the Holy Bible. I promptly offer up this book as more my mode of construction of life. 

Summer in the mountains is spectacular. The nights and early mornings in particular when the scent of the pine trees and crispness of the air over take you. And when there’s a moon all bets are off. It is truly beautiful. And it makes longing even that much more lustful. So last night in the tradition of the book, I wrote this.

A Japanese Court Poem Evening

 If we were 500 years ago

I’d walk out onto the back deck,

watch the moon through the pine

plead for your safe passage here


The wind would blow

the frayed edge of my kimono

I would hide the faint trace of my smile

and I’d wait there in memory of


when your naked body and the dark

of night were one in the same.

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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