Tuesday, July 24, 2012

POEM: "Seppuku (1962)"

Seppuku (1962)
                                  for Kobayashi Masaki

An infant lies sleeping upon a mat
Father to grandson, father’s daughter
The son-in-law’s a Confucian scholar
Or is it a thousand Tokugawa tales
Refuse promotion higher than private
Etched hard in deserving face, have it
Unfold according to plot, maybe not
Not least because black & white days
Hide luxuries like festival kimonos
On a night when the moon is full of blood
One revenge for a love we understand
Right now the cicadas are very loud.

© 2012 Rob Schackne

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