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 margaretelysiagarcia

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 about plus-sized modeling. She's also searching for a publisher for her new collection of stories? Mary of the Chance Encounters. Her short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories out now on Solstice Literary Press. She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas and Girl Body Pride. Is a contributor to Hip Mama Magazine. She writes the zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her daughter, Paloma. She’s a three-time director of the national Listen to Your Mother Show in Plumas County (www.listentoyourmothershow.com). She has an alternative women’s music show Milkshake & Honey on Plumas Community Radio (www.kqny919.org).
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