(Translated from the Japanese*)
I have the gift
Of scent beyond the grave –
How your garden
Just here –
The stilled wingbeats
Of the fallen thousandth daughter
Of your hummingbird.
*Akira Dogesawa (aka “The White Knife”) b. 2013.
In Japan, Shiba Inus were traditionally bred to hunt small game such as birds and rabbits, and write Haiku.
N.B. Although rigorous honesty in poetry does not demand full disclosure, Akira was in fact born and raised in the United States. We are certain however that Japanese is still her first language, as her responses to even simple English commands are inconsistent, and she exhibits a strong preference for sushi.