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1. The Moon and the Plum Blossom
    Haiku by Matsuo Basho

The moon
and the plum blossom

The spring scene
is well nigh prepared

2. Midaregami -Tangled Hair 
    Tanka by Yosano Akiko

Measures my hair
a full five feet
And washed and combed
so soft and fair
As in my heart
virginal and sweet
I cherish with a tender care

A thousand lines
of black black hair
All tangles, tangles …
And tangles too


My thoughts of love!

3. Mirror Bright
    Tanka by Yosano Akiko

 

I also had an hour when
after a hot bath,
dressed aright

with a smile
playing in my eye
did stand before
a mirror bright

4. Crimson of the Flower
    Tanka by Yosano Akiko

Pressing my breasts
I softly kick aside the curtain of mystery

How deep the crimson
of the flower here
How deep within

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