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Thursday, 5 November 2009
05:43:40 PM (GMT)
A japanese love poem, that means so much to me. it was by the sea of iwami where the clinging ivy creeps across the rocks, by the waters of cape kara a land remote as the speech of far cathay-- yes, there where the seaweed grows, clinging to rocks fathoms beneath the waves, and where on the stony strand the seaweed glows like polished gems. my young wife dwells there who like seaweed bent to the current of love, the girl who slept beside me soft and lithesome as the gem-like water plants. now those nights seem few when we held each other close in sleep. we parted unwillingly, clinging to each other like ivey creepers; my heart ached and swelled against the ribs that would hold it, and when my yearning drew me to pause, look back, and see her, once again waving her sleeves in farewell, they were already taken from my sight, hidden by the leaves falling like a curtain in their yellow whirl at the crest of mount watari, a crest like a wave's that bears a ship away. although i longed for her-- as for the voyaging moon when it glides into a rift of clouds that swallow it up on mount yakima, where, they say, men retire with their wives-- i took my lonely way, watching the sun coursing through the sky till it sank behind the mountains, though i always thought myself a man with a warrior's heart, i found that my sleeves-- wide as they were, like our bedclothes-- were all soaked through with tears.
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