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(Photo: Benjamin Graves, Sasebo, Japan:



Liana, twilight

beauty, coy evening face :

a flower passed to

a shining Prince, on a fan,

by a frail, shy girl

in a shabby, cluttered yard,

in the full moonlight.

White as a glimpsed, pale forehead,

your fragrance attracted moths.

You opened yourself

to the evening dew; not

quite de-flowered, but jinxed.

Genji wiped salt tears on his

perfumed sleeve – to no avail.