from "Three Demons": Sanki Series I

Sanki Saitō - 1900-1962

translated by Ryan C. K. Choi

Money

Flesh-
colored spring

                moon,
                flaring
above the graves.


                Hitched

to the North Star, the
pillar of ice grows fat.


Airstrip, yellowing,

                terminates
in the winter

sea.


                Cold seas

Pilot and dog
                frolic
through dead grass

fields
                and
roll around.


                Right eye

                Winter sea

                Angry
about money,
                sweat

                drips
on dirt.

More by Sanki Saitō

from "Three Demons": Sanki Series I

               Machine
guns
between their brows—

blood flowers bloom.

 

               Child of summer
dawn—

               tracing
horses in the mud.

 

               Midnight

               Skylarks

under storm, ferrying

               bodies one
by one.

 

               Rage

Volcanic
               ash

covered highlands:

               jittery dance
of
the jewel beetle.

 

Sunflower

               petals,
falling on a

black mass
               of

ants.