Matsuo Bashō · 224 pages
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“Sadly, I part from you;
Like a clam torn from its shell,
I go, and autumn too.”
“Lonely stillness— a single cicada’s cry sinking into stone”
“A warbler singing— somewhere beyond the willow, before the thicket”
“The past remains hidden in clouds of memory.”
and the birds cry out—tears
in the eyes of fishes”
“Well I talk a little about that, but I don't admit that from the beginning I knew we were not meant to be together.”
“February turned into March and Hiccup was still thinking. A few flowers made the mistake of appearing and were immediately blasted out of existence by a couple of hard frosts that had kept themselves back for this very purpose.”
“But ignorance manufactures denial. So though my eyes were sometimes black or swollen, my lips puffy or busted, though I often intentionally wore clothes that would hide the black and blue bruises scattered all over my body, or grit my teeth through the pain in an effort to walk so I could look as if nothing were wrong—when in fact my entire body was sore—I believed that as long as he didn’t break any bones, it wasn’t really violence.”
“You the white teacher. I thought you one of the boys.” Then she paused. “You gonna drink it?” “Yep.” “Teachers drink?” “Yep.” “That’s good. Oh Gawd, that’s so good. I got some gin in that there paper bag when you finish.”
“... it is hard to throw off long-established love: Hard, but this you must manage somehow...”
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