(Parting Lovers: Suzuki Harunubo)


Leaving when dew-drenched

invites interpretation.

No one will believe

the reception was icy.

Wild speculation

of others gives brief pleasure.

Some women whisper:

Why has he no change of clothes?

It is obvious he stayed.

And yet, he did not.

Secrets are not secrets long.

Those smart theorists said:

Maybe they sinned in past lives.

Yes, and perhaps they did too.