Japanese Love-Songs (Poem by Frank Oliver Call)

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Japanese Love-Songs
(In the Hokku manner)
By Frank Oliver Call


(1)

The white lotus-flower
Grows in the depths of the pool,
Love grows in my heart.


(2)

The peony flames crimson.
My heart's blood is far redder
Than its flame.


(3)

Sere iris leaves and dead blossoms.
Mist and drizzle of rain.
Where art thou?


(4)

Darkness. Shadows in my soul.
The vision of your face.
Dawn and music.


(5)

Hush of night. Perfumed breath of night.
A moth with flaming wings.
Come beloved.

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