cooling in the afternoon -
half the guys on the seawall
have their shirts off
Loving you, my head is confused
though my heart is not.
Was that the song of a bird,
or the sound of your voice calling my name?
Death's out looking for you.
When he finds out what you're up to,
he'll set his traps to ruin you.
By the willow in the backyard,
a swarm of fireflies -
oh starry night
Afraid of life one day, full of courage
the next. I'm like the tide
that tonight covers the rocks and pier,
and tomorrow brings everything to the surface
The butterflies around my head, did
from my dream, as I wake
from sleep in the afternoon summer grasses
I never want to die, except of love
thus would I say to someone
who asks me how long I'd like to live
Grasp the inner quality,
don't be trapped by appearances.
The sweetness of the melon isn't known
by the color of its skin.
Drunk as I am in the ruins
of my own heart -
I've no one else to dance for,
no other love to sing
Our eyes love each other the way
love satin and silk, the way
a man twenty days in the desert
goes down on his hands and knees in an oasis
to take his first drink of water
I say, what we have between us is
You say, oh no it's not.
I say, I have to have you or else I'll die.
You say, well die then.
I say, you'll keep on torturing me until I tell you
all my secrets
You say, go right on talking.
Know the power of your own words,
the way wood knows its fire.
In the furnace of one truth,
a thousand lies reduced to ash.
Pierce one truth, you've started
with them all.
Like a string of priceless beads around the neck
the truth in you shines.
No other word but the word of love
Don't open your lips
until that rose is ready to bloom
the sweltering summer heat -
I take the stairs to his place
two at a time
First rainfall of summer -
lightning in the north,
thunder from the east
I've nothing left to hide -
the sea breeze this morning feels cool on my face
First summer night -
the cricket I saved from the cat
sings on the balcony
I'm the summer grasses trampled beneath
the cool stream water your lovely neck bends to drink from
No wind blows through the palm trees
but in my heart my thoughts
trouble me with a force as strong as any gale
Repeating wise words,
what will you gain from it?
Until the heart changes its tune,
the song can't be sung.
After the meal -
rubbing their hands
Autumn with its sorrows
has come to my bedside
In my dreams there are
flowers in a field in May
Even if the leaves on the tree of
were to change color and fall,
the springs to come would faithfully bring forth others
As soon as the sun falls -
I raise my voice
with the cicadas
I am thinking of you
you are thinking of me
Back and forth go our thoughts
To put an end to it,
you know you'll have to come
The sky is overcast. The moon
I cannot make out what is in his heart,
though I listen to him for days.
Thunderclouds fill the sky over the
Rain comes this way, visible at a great distance.
Those days when I hoped and prayed for
your return are gone.
I'm the moon that throws the light
of your sun across the midnight bay,
the waves that roll up
and kiss you upon your most private shore.
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