UKIYO-EWhat explanation is given for the phosphorous light That you, as boy, went out to catch When summer dusk turned to night. You caught the fire-flies, put them in a jar, Careful to let in some air, Then you fed them dandelions, unsure Of what such small and fleeting things Need, and when Their light grew dim, you Let them go.
--full poem from the Oregon Literary Review
--Siv Cedering, Letters From the Floating World, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984.
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