thewolfeinwillowell: (girl in forest)
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

From "Villanelle - Mad Girl's Love Song" by Sylvia Plath
thewolfeinwillowell: (girl against sky)
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –

From "Because I could not stop for death" by Emily Dickinson
thewolfeinwillowell: (Default)
An astronaut and a samurai fall in love.
They write each other
haiku and billet-doux
via time capsule.

SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED he says THEY HAVE TAKEN PHOTOGRAPHS
OF OUR FOOTPRINTS IN THE DUST
have you seen the moon she has stopped at my window
to sniff the cherry blossom
WE MUST KEEP THE RUSSIANS AT BAY
the shogun would have us ride against the ronin
WE MUST BEAT THEM
AT THIS MAD GAME THEY FIRST BEGAN
i don’t know
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
do you hear the taiko drums
HOLD ON LET ME RAISE THE ANTENNA
what is antenna?
if you listen hard you will hear my breath
LIKE AN ARECIBO TRANSMISSION like divine wind
INSIDE THERE IS OXYGEN
yes beyond there are knives and chaos
and under our armor
I WILL BELIEVE we have the same skin

From "kami/kaze : a correspondence," Ng Yi-Sheng

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