Lewis Grandison Alexander

(1900-1945 / The United States)

Japanese Hokku - Poem by Lewis Grandison Alexander

Life goes by moving,
Up and down a chain of moods
Wanting what’s nothing.

My soul is the wind
Dashing down fields of Autumn:
O, too swift to sing.

I shall spend my moods
Like a rose discards leaves
And die without moods.

My ears burn for speech
And you lie cold and silent.
Supinely cruel:

Look at the white moon
The sphinx does not question more.
Turn away your eyes.

The poetry of life?
NO, the picture of my dreams
Flashing on my heart.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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