Takanata's Poems

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The Shadow of the Wall

Two mice jump and tumble
Pale as the moon, brown as a leaf
Yet the same

Two mice freeze beneath the sky
Hearts fluttering in terror
The claws descend

The memory of light moves away from the shadow

The Providence of Coincidence

The journey of a thousand li
Begins with one very bad day

A handful of stones from the river bed
Were not born together
Did not shape each other
But are placed into the wall together
To hold back the storm

Ghost Hunters

Sand stretches in all directions
Footsteps lead south in dashed lines
An arrow pointing into the past
A trail to be followed

The Price of Good Fortune

The web shivers with dancing strands
The butterfly struggles and launches free
Wings sparkling in the sun
Heavy with the golden prize
The bird waits, poised

Ship of Gold

The river runs clean and silver
The golden ship drifts like a leaf
The reflection of the ship shines as brightly
But cannot be touched

Fire and Ice

Ice which does not melt, but burns
A touch of Winter at the heart of Summer (this line has a shadow underneath it)
The truth is in the shadow, the action in the light

Bureaucracy for Beginners

trouble in the foxruns,
from both near and afar,
beyond the watered gate
blankets covering truth
or lies soon to be,
the map reckons secrets,
and lets the Hunter see.
royal spire, and golden reach,
the Marked hand is arrived,
seeking pawns of one who flits
to save the lord survived.
freedom in water, safety in the rain,
when ink runs down the page,
the Hunter's sight will strain,
and the Marked will flee the stage.

Unwelcome Invitation

A seed sown in the north grows to bear a bitter fruit
A seed planted by my hand in its shade grows as well
Corruption seeks to destroy even those not its enemy
But makes enemies of those it does not destroy