I want to cherish the time I was
Inside the cocoon, I refuse to grow
I trap my memories of you in
Inside the cocoon, it doesn’t
matter if it’s dark
The light of the outside world
Inside the cocoon, no trace
of the rusty smell of the knife you
Inside the cocoon, no feeling
of the roughness of the worn-out
shirt you were wearing
The cocoon is hollow
Why do I want to stay in here?
A white road, a mourning
A black truck slowly carried you
I didn’t get on that truck
On that day, a white thread
emerged from my mouth and
entwined my body
I prepared to become a cocoon
enclosed by white threads of
Maybe the normal world and I are
far apart Fantasy and reality are
White thread is dyed silver and
becomes cloth to be your shroud
Maybe the ordinary world and I
are far apart Fantasy and reality
White thread is dyed golden and
becomes cloth to cover your
Time and I were not parallel
I ran too fast
I could not enjoy the scenery
I was chasing the illusion of you
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, Spitting Words, 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.