Insects

By Frances Barbe

A person is buried in a wall.

S/he becomes an insect.

The internal organs are parched and dry.

The insect is dancing on a thin sheet of paper.

The insect tries to hold falling particles from its own body,

And dances, making rustling noises.

The insect becomes a person, who is wandering around,

So fragile, s/he could crumble at the slightest touch.

➤ Come to stillness. . . . And finish.


Fraleigh, Sondra & Nakamura, Tamah. Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo. NY, New York. 2006. Page 136, 137.

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