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japanese choka (short poems before they shrunk to haikus)

yielding to a love
that recognizes no bounds,
i will go by night-
for the world will not censure
one who treads the path of dreams.

Less profitable
than writing on the waters
of a flowing stream-
such is the futility
of unrequited love.

If it had ended
before others knew of it,
then despite my grief
I might at least have declared,
“There was nothing between us.”

This very keepsake
is now a source of misery,
for were it not here
there might be fleeting moments
when I would not think of you.

It’s amazing how much can be said in 5 lines, and how beautiful those 5 lines can be.


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