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.

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About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia primarily writes fiction, essays and poetry from a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada. She's currently working on a non-fiction book regarding body positivity through plus-sized alternative modeling .She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas. And is the co-founder of Pachuca Productions a Latina owned microtheatre in Plumas County, California
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