Tuesday, September 26, 2006

One Good Dye

from The Channel Boat
By Yosano Akiko

What shall I wear to sleep in alone?
An under-kimono of silk crepe
dyed the hushed red of dawn.
It touches the skin
like heavy mist falls on flowers.


My husband traveler
are you sleeping now in France?
If a bird of paradise comes into your dreams
it is me.

--Translated by Janine Beichman ~ Book

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