Akiko Yosano Poems

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1.
River Of Stars

Left on the beach
Full of water
A worn out boat
Reflects the white sky --
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2.
Labor Pains

I am sick today,
sick in my body,
eyes wide open, silent,
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3.
O My Brother, You Must Not Die

O my young brother, I cry for you
Don't you understand you must not die!
You who were born the last of all
Command a special store of parents' love
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4.
Not Speaking Of The Way

Not speaking of the way,
Not thinking of what comes after,
Not questioning name or fame,
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5.
This Autumn Will End

This autumn will end.
Nothing can last forever.
Fate controls our lives.
Fondle my breasts
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6.
I Can Give Myself To Her

I can give myself to her
In her dreams
Whispering her own poems
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7.
Press My Breasts

Press my breasts,
Part the veil of mystery,
A flower blooms there,
Crimson and fragrant.
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8.
Auguste's Single Strike

My lovely two-year-old Auguste,
I write this down for you:
Today, for the first time,
you struck your mother on the cheek.
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9.
Black Hair

Blach hair
Tangled in a thousand strands.
Tangled my hair and
Tangled my tangled memories
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10.
In Praise Of May

May is a fancy month, a flower month,
The month of buds, the month of scents, the month of colors,
The month of poplars, marrons, plantanes,
Azaleas, tree peonies, wisteria, redbud,
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