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Seishi Yamaguchi

An insect moves
ripples appear
in number on the water

Full stop
of the snail
inside its shell

The kite's thread ~
disappears in the sky
shows up on the finger

No tracks in the stream ~
where I swam
with a woman

The lily she's holding
when passing
left its scent here

Spring fog ~
one can only see the hand
of the big clock

In daylight I saw
an ant
it's haunting me tonight

Under the fiery sky
faraway, a sail, in my soul
a sail

Spring tide ~
inside all my body
the boat siren

Withered grass
up to the eyes
of the praying mantis

Translation: Gilles Fabre

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