Kaga no Chiyo

(1703-1775 / Japan)

A Butterfly - Poem by Kaga no Chiyo

A butterfly -
What dream
is making your wings flutter?

Butterfly -
you also get mad
some days.

Even the butterfly -
Buddhist service.

In mid-flight
the butterfly returns
to the pines of Shiogoshi Shrine

What the butterfly
wants to say -
only this movement of its wings.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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