Gardenias by Akino Sachiko (くちなし / 秋野さち子)

Standing in front of the white flowers
a woman thinly parted her lips
and threw up the blue evening

She curled a stray hair around her fingers
and buried her nausea in the flower heads
A little white bird
flew out from the shadows of the flowers

She followed the arc drawn by the sound of its wings
and for a moment her toes left the ground

白い花の前に立って
女は唇を細くひらき
青い夕暮れを吐いた

ほつれ毛を指に巻いて
こみあげてくる声を花芯に埋めた
花かげから
白い小鳥が飛びたった

その羽音がえがく弧を追って
女の爪立ちが一瞬地をはなれた

NOTES:

Akino Sachiko (1912-2004) was a Japanese poet. Her collections include White Wind (「白い風」, 1954) and Colorless Wind (「色のない風」, 1976).

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