You lay in a box hidden in a cupboard;
Where was the honour in that?
What became of your infamous wishes,
of which I had never heard?
Did you really crave the sea
Enough to spurn your last lover’s bed?
Fire, Water, Air and Earth——
One consumed you, two denied you,
The fourth I brought you——
A seat of carved rosewood
And a pot of cast iron,
Whose handles I wear as earrings
And whose lid I lift by a love-knot.
I gave your body the shape I knew
And the voice I remembered.
I will never burn your messages;
I have tasted you.

30 Sept
after Ryokan

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About Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis

Me = Francesca Jurate Kristina Sasnaitis... also known as Jūrytė/ Jūrytėle/ Jūračiuk/ Jurachook/ U-Russia/ Urata/ Rata/ Jay-bird/ Jay-peg/ Miss J/ Big J/ France/ Franca.... Sasna/ Fox/ Greville/ Knight... and Nerada Netis... as far as I can remember... oh, and there's still room for Kristina... somewhere, sometime... Me = drew, painted, made sculpture, then stopped; printed photographs, then stopped; wrote, then stopped; made furniture, then stopped; made prints, then stopped; became a bookseller and stopped; wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... started painting again... sold a few more books... stopped... wrote some more, kept writing some... and more... and now seeing words, writing images... was that last bit too wanky? What goes around comes around, I guess...
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