i raise a glass
and then one more – 
gray mist, sinking – 
between who wanders and me
 two steps – no more


Carpe Diem:
Without You

…I felt deeply in my heart both the sorrow of one that goes and the grief of one that remains, just as a solitary bird separated from his flock in dark clouds …

from this day on
dew will erase the writing
on my hat

– Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)



21 thoughts on “i raise a glass

  1. This begins with a deceptively “merry Christmas” kind of feel before concluding in an atmosphere that might even belong to a ghost story – which is a tremendous distance to travel in only 5 lines.. Seamlessly, too 🙂


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