Coming out of it, a curious
joy; after a year to know suddenly
I am living in Japan! That a film
could so turn me on the living!
Seiichi Matsushima standing on May 6, 1962
before our tomb, Hiroshima, irradiated, cut
and see often coming out of a coffee-house john
a girl’s eyes alone in the semi-dark
or along Higashiyama among the late
afternoon housewives red hands reaching for fish
resolve into a man by a window slurping
noodles in sunlight, rests in the beams of eternity
there is no reason to cry Mercy Mercy for this man!
the American biology professor who said
“I am of the ACLU,
there is no violence
in the south”
will not be answered, will be left to his own ritual
in the lard of abundance
the intorsion most clear
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Seppuku is the title of a Japanese film that will soon appear in the United States as Hara Kiri (seppuku being a different reading of the same characters).