Chimako Tada

(1930 - 2003 / Tokyo, Japan)

THE TOWER OF VEGA

Carved around the tower of Vega
Which soars high into the night
Are tens of thousands of stars, each a cuneiform letter
- Who carved this and when, using a sapphire stylus how sharp?
These letters bestow their meaning to the desert and sea
Which sleep with closed eyes
Their meaning is quietly snatched
Like ice stealing bodily warmth
From Man who lives with eyes half-open

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