Friday, August 26, 2005

"A friend who leapt to his death" - Shuntaro Tanikawa

Originally uploaded by yasmin the storyteller.
"He leapt from the 9th floor,
bounced off the 6th floor terrace,
slammed into the 3rd floor eaves,
and fell in the bushes on the ground,
his cheeks and shins all scraped up.
He took the elevator back up to the 9th
And re-read his half-page suicide note,
Which contained three misused prepositions
That he now corrected.
Then he ran up to the 16th floor
and once again jumped.
At the 12th floor level he sprouted wings;
a 10th floor wind took him in tow
and lifted him to circle the night sky, slowly."