Cocoon

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I want to cherish the time I was

with you

Inside the cocoon, I refuse to grow

I trap my memories of you in

there

Inside the cocoon, it doesn’t

matter if it’s dark

The light of the outside world

invites me

There’s a man waiting for me
 
outside the cocoon
 
But I immerse myself in
 
monochrome

Inside the cocoon, no trace

of the rusty smell of the knife you

were using

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

procession

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

memory

Maybe the normal world and I are

far apart Fantasy and reality are

intertwined

White thread is dyed silver and

becomes cloth to be your shroud

Maybe the ordinary world and I

are far apart Fantasy and reality

are intertwined

White thread is dyed golden and

becomes cloth to cover your

casket

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.

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