大曲の花火 (Omagari no Hanabi)

by Abby Meyer

In the black sky,
a single plume of grey-white.

大仙 means Daisen
means big transcendence

仙: person and mountain.
they had climbed to the top

and found a heaven there.
So the mountain watches over the river here

and if I climbed it, could I understand
the distance and the lack thereof?

I tell myself
there is nothing really between us,

only space, and space is nothing
but line-breaks in poems I write to you;

each word a litmus test for love.
So I’ll go on trying to leave you unspoken.

大曲 means Omagari means
big melody. 花火 means

hanabi means flower-fire.

Carlights leaving the city;
red sparks yet to fade.

And there is something here that lingers

more than
honbayashi over loudspeakers
or sulphur on damp clothes.

Darling,
one note of a song

shivered and broke in the air.