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On Japan

Once, I traveled as far as to Japan,
climbed the temple’s staircase, 
looked down the dawdling stream; 
cherry blossoms aloof on the surface 

The night was serene, the breeze chilly, 
the hush was the music of absence 
because the heaven was sparkly  
yet the Moon had only a hidden radiance. 

The first rose has long withered 
a gift that never parted to her den,
my journey to here was encumbered
as you galloped tiny as a quiet wren. 

It is in this woody petite bridge
I can fetch your shadowy eyes 
when the shinning host resurges
banning your silhouette with silver rays. 

My reflex in the water is but a blur,
I am deluded by a giggling sound
that quickly faded to a murmur 
like your footprints in the ground.  

So long, I have to quietly utter 
to discover I am held captive, 
only in this bridge I find shelter
for the reverie I travel to revive. 

The night is long and will not vanish
until the sun flocks his stellar peers; 
I wake up, the illusion will perish
in Japan, the lonesome reality conquers.

Copyright © João Camilo

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  1. Date: 4/22/2012 12:17:00 PM
    Nice visit to Japan, thank you for sharing your trip. - oxox Anne-Lise