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The Dream of Shoji

How to say milk?  How to say sand, snow, sow,

linen, cloud, cocoon, or albino?
How to say page or canvas or rice balls?

Trying to recall Japanese, I blank out:

it's clear I know forgetting.  Mother, tell me
what to call that paper screen that slides the interior in?

Credit


From Brain Fever (W. W. Norton, 2014). Copyright © 2014 by Kimiko Hahn. Used with permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Author


Kimiko Hahn

Kimiko Hahn was born in 1955 in Mt. Kisco, New York.

Date Published: 2016-04-08

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/dream-shoji