Tsuki (Shinobi Moon)

I keep a safe distance from this,

But sometimes at night, especially in Autumn,

When clouds are roiling across the moon,

I remember that moonlight on her face,

Her breasts rising and falling with her breathing

As she slept, there in the still room,

The one by the harbor, our harbor,

The room with the window looking out

On the fishing boats bobbing, the stars dancing,

On the midnight waves.

Her sleeping face, her breast,

The moonlight,

And swiftly, silently, deadly,

The knife goes in.

NB: In Japanese, the word tsuki means both “moon” and “assassin”


Copyright 2017. Robert D. Shepherd. All rights reserved.

About Bob Shepherd

interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation
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