japonisme: why is this night different....

13 February 2007

why is this night different....


The wind that waves the boughs on every tree
Sends down a drifting cloud of scented snow.

O Yone San, you glide and turn and dance,—
You sway my thought, and toss it to and fro.

Each star-white blossom, freed by passing air,
Floats to the place its Fate has set apart.

O Yone San, your little fluttering feet
Are flower petals, falling on my heart!

Aldis Dunbar

(Aldis Dunbar, b. 1870, was author of collections of stories published in London in 1904, Chicago in 1925, and Boston in 1928. ‘Japaneseque’ appeared in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine 66 in 1900.)1

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hi, and thanks so much for stopping by. i spend all too much time thinking my own thoughts about this stuff, so please tell me yours. i thrive on the exchange!

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