WW2 Japan (Culture Seminar)

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Emperor  by Ryuichi Tamura

There are eyes in the stone, the eyes

closed in grief and fatigue.

The man in black passes my door –

You, the Emperor of Winter,

my lonely Emperor, walking to your own

grave in Europe,

your white forehead shadowed by


your back to the sun.

Your self-punishment is so painful,

Flowers! You stretch out your hands to


But universal winter has set in

after the era of reason and progress.

European beauties are nothing but


Who will kiss your hands

whose fated palms are dark and dry and


Flowers! Those scars are flowers.


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The Country That Once Was  (EMULATION)

Blossoms of old

smothered with unforgiving cold and hardened white.

Scars on bodies too tired to planted flowers

and too stained with grief to care.

A snowglobe

shaken by manmade killers and setting suns.

Put on display by those who crafted it’s clear walls

those who stuffed it with grief and fatigue.

A dying star

shaking the ground to shake the snow

and startitalloveragain.

A cycle

of cold of despair of utter trepidation

but they trudge with tired feet towards

the land that never belonged on a fireplace mantle.


towards fields of flowers grown in ashes

that cover the white and still graveyard

of a country that once was.




Snow Globe

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