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Moonlight leaks


Although the wind/blows terribly here/the moonlight also leaks/between the roof planks/of this ruined house

- Izumi Shikibu, trans. Jane Hirshfield


Moonlight leaks

between roof planks

between hands of the clock

that tick between us.


Moonlight weaves

the hands of many children

through gaps in the ceiling.


Moon rolls her tongue

across painted lips of silver

licks sand from the eyes of dreamers.


Moonlight shakes

this world of winter

crumbles our lunacy

- moves on