Okay so this was some thing i wrote for a past high school class and since i am such a bad japan-o-phile... DEAL WITH IT! I will add some small captions at the bottom to explain the more technical terms to the more non-japan obsessed readers, Pleas reveiw and comment gotta love comments!~(^-^)~

Ghosts

Your fingers sway in breaths of snow,

The growth of your hold extends,

The love you shed shall remain unknown,

But one will remember till the end,

As cold dies and warm awakens,

You shall be reborn again,

As life claims your hollow limbs,

The one who knows shall sing,

With madrigals at wings tip,

When stars of pink and hues of gold,

Color your skin and breast,

The gallows of death and cold,

Will hand over what you bequest,

To nature's loves and children,

Who return to grace your arms,

And live in the burrows earthen,

And bare, after their swarms,

To reach the warmth that eluded them,

Your arms will sway, your stars shall dance,

In the old way as if on stage

Hold your stance,

In Obon[d1] your dress of petals sway,

Your body the Yagura[d2] [d3] ,

Kuse[d4] of bird song,

The wind plays shinobue[d5] , the nohkan[d6] the grass,

The dance is now,

The stage is set, pavilion be your rooted place,

Dance now shite[d7] ,

Nochi-shite[d8] is done, and, mae[d9] -shite is center stage,

Dance now blossom tree,

The public wait to view your splendor,

As your flowers fade and die,

The stage, shall be set once more,

When spring comes again to play Waki[d10] .


[d1]Obon is a type of traditional dance in Japan preformed during Noh theater usually symbolizing every day occurrences or objects like the blooming of the cherry trees. (O-Bon)

[d2]From here the poem starts to sound like a haiku to give it a more Japanese feel like the Japanese cherry blossom trees it is about

[d3]Yagura is the large wood totem the dance moves around and is the central/ focal point of the stage. (Yah-Goo-Ruh)

[d4]Kuse is the term for the choir in the Noh Theater. (Ku-say)

[d5]Name of the flutist (She-no-boo-ay)

[d6]Type of flute used in production(No-h-can)

[d7]Traditional name for the main character in the Noh theater plays. (She-tay)

[d8]Term for the "Ghost" version of the main character in the play usually in the second half of the play. Term means literally "After, or And After" to represent after life. (Noh-Chee-,She-tay)

[d9]Term for the "body" version of the main character usually present in the first half of the plays. Term literally means "Before, or And Before" to symbolize the bodily form or the life before the Nochi-shite.(My-Ay,She-tay)

[d10]Waki (Walk-E) is the Antagonist or secondary character of the play, the Shite's true form or nature cannot come out until the Waki has been revealed or explained.