Saturday, November 24, 2007

Binjin Promenade
(or The Passage of Beautiful Women)

New Year's:
Fearlessly adorn
Ivory-painted masks of life
The vain courtesan,

Cherry Blossoms:
Who ushering spring
Shudders forth faint-heartedly
Blessings of herself,

To find this tonguing
Outroars her short, bearded youth
As a snap, silence;

And yellowed, spindly
She awaits the too-soon frost—
Skeletal, but proud.

© 2003 Carolyn Gould