Little room, with four and a half tatami mats
and sliding paper doors, that used to be
translucent place to live in refined poverty,
what are you now but scalding water in a bath?
mattress, that used to fold around me
at sunrise as unfinished dreams were fading,
what are you now
but a blood-red palanquin
of plucked feathers and silk airing in the sun?
Weeding the garden, paring
a turnip, drinking tea
for want of wine, I flee from my secret love
and from my mind's worm—This
is a poem.
Is this a table? No, this is a poem. Am I a girl?—
seeking out the meat-hook crowd
I once loathed,
so afraid am I of finding myself alone.