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Katsushika Hokusai: Three Women, from the series Seven Sages for Shofudai - University of Wisconsin-Madison

(by Hokusai c 1805-1810)


Zodiacal sign

of the monkey on her robe,

she offers saki.


She bites her silk dress

as she reads a love letter

before travelling.


Elegant beauty,

you lean on your broom, weighed down,

adjusting your hair.


You display a robe

as you stand so tall and straight

before the bamboo.


Balancing a book

on your white brow, you recite

verse from memory.


That little head turn

over your shoulder reveals

a coquettishness.


Captured in your stride,

in mid-perambulation,

you read a poem.