Building

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The cruelest and most beautiful

building

holds within

the voices of people lost in the

shadow of tradition,

the chronicles of domination,

the cries of nameless people

A dome filled with screams

I’m a wandering and silent

traveler

The most luxurious and beautiful

building

holds within

the blood of people lost in the

shadow of culture,

the chronicles of power,

the lamentations of nameless

people

Blood-colored stained glass

I’m a gluttonous and numbed

traveler 

Cool marble statue like a human

figure

Overwhelming beauty, frozen in

time

The Virgin Mary smiling quietly,

asking for help

Overwhelming cruelty, frozen in

time

I’m a lost and useless traveler

On Munemi Eigel's Inspiration

Munemi Eigel was born in Kyoto, Japan in a traditional family that produced kimonos. She is a retired math teacher and lives in Columbus, Ohio. She has written more than 500 poems and is planning on publishing an illustrated collection of her poetry soon. The following poem, Building, is a part of a larger collection entitled Seven Poems. The seven poems that make up this collection have been translated from Japanese and will be published in The UJ.

“I was a teacher of mathematics for many years, but poetry has always been my passion. I want to write poems that resonate with my soul and that move the reader in a similar way. I find inspiration for my poetry in the traditional culture I grew up in, but also in pop culture and all elements of culture in between. In particular, I am inspired by works of art, film, music, and literature, both classic and modern.”

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Munemi Eigel was born in Kyoto, Japan in a traditional family that produced kimonos. She is a retired math teacher and lives in Columbus, Ohio. She has written more than 500 poems and is planning on publishing an illustrated collection of her poetry soon.

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