Japanese Short Forms

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winter rain
the calm metropolis
from the first subway train

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fading light
the couple start
for their secret haunt

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sickle moon
at the river corner
cutting weeds

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warm embrace
between her and me
her week-old son

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tired eyes
flipping the pages
for the dancing numbers

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if only the
sea can be calm
this troubled world

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winter wind -
rivalling
the freshness of my mind

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unrequited love
i walk over the
fields and spots
the tears i still
keep to myself

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empty church, just
pews and a solitary me
praying and joining god
in savouring the whispers
of my own prayers

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in minutes the night
sky was a grey blanket
the moon and stars rubbed out
this sad page of my life
i wish god to turn over for me

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bright red roses
pinkish lilies
fascinating floral colours
i think about mom's kimono
the one that too got my heart afflutter

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silent night
all spoilt by the silent night
carolling

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after the storm
a headless snowman
still standing

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by john tiong chunghoo

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