hatsu yuki ga / gekkou ni abi / nemurezu yoru
The first snow of the year / washed in moonlight / a night when there could be no sleep
"I didn't mean to worry you."
"It was a bad night."
"Ah – no, don't, it's – it's just how it is. You needn't worry. Unless… it still bothers you?"
"For your sake… because you cannot be spared this."
kurogami ni / chiru harabira ga / mai orite
Onto black hair, the / falling flower petals / all come dancing down
"It's not mockery – it's a tribute. Damn you, don't turn away. Maybe you don't see the beauty that I do, but you have no right to say it doesn't exist…. You're cold. Shall we – ?"
"It reminds me of snow…. You've got them in your hair, now."
"Let me warm you up."
Ama-no-kawa / nagasu gankou / miharu kimi
River of Heaven / lights of hope flowing away / and you watching over
"I have you. I could hardly ask for more."
man maru / tsuki ni sonaeru / shuukaku no mi
Perfectly round: the harvested fruit, offered up to the moon
"You never hurt me."
"You never hurt the core of me. You could. You could break me with two words. That you… continue to choose not to… fills me with joy."
"Bloody hell, you're bruised all over."
"You're not listening to me."
"I'll get you your potions."
"I… You know I…."
"What will I do?"
"Walk through the cherry orchard. Watch the stars. Write more verse."
"I – "
Shin setsu / kaeru ashi-ato / ichi retsu dake
The new-fallen snow / footprints heading towards home / one line only