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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Tanka
By Jun Fujita
 
I
A FRAIL hepatica
Shyly holds its fragrance
Beneath the fresh morning dew.
So, Elizabeth.
 
II
The air is still
        5
And grasses are wet;
Thread-like rain
Screens the dunes.
 
III
The storm has passed,
The sky washed clear.        10
Rain-drops on twigs
Reflect the moon.
 
IV
A sloping sand plain
Fades into pale night air;
A black tree skeleton        15
Casts no shadow.
 
V
The brook has gone,
Left the lifeless bed behind;
A lonely bird
Seeks the water in vain.        20
 
VI
On a country road
An old woman walks;
The autumn sun
Casts her shadow long and thin.
 
VII
Across the frozen marsh
        25
The last bird has flown;
Save a few reeds
Nothing moves.
 
VIII
Graves are frozen.
A few leaves        30
Stood, danced
And have gone.
 
 
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