Scareboat Tanka by Miriam Sagan

Shishi-odoshi (“scareboat”, to frighten away animals)

empty stone lantern
seems to flicker
with foxfire
almost bright enough
to read by

you look
like a boy again—
stepping stones
skipped across
dark water

among smaller
forests of moss
click of a bamboo
rocker arm
hitting a rock

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