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shi came
by Christopher F. Reitmaier

You come to me
Tonight in
Ukiyoe scenes, under ugly
American skies, I dream,
Kakemono sister.
Mindful of you,
Once honest, now frozen
And forever:

I waft through stilted sleep.

Mr. Reitmaier provided the following footnotes:

"[This is] an acrostic elegy for Yuko Tamai. Shi is a Japanese word for death. Ukiyoe is a traditional style of Japanese painting in which the artist depicts scenes from everyday life. This style was popular in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Kakemono is a secret and important writing."

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