From “Three Demons”: Sanki Series I

By Sanki Saitō

Translated By Ryan C. K. Choi

Money

Flesh-
colored spring

moon,
flaring
above the graves.

Hitched

to the North Star, the
pillar of ice grows fat.

Airstrip, yellowing,

terminates
in the winter

sea.

Cold seas

Pilot and dog
frolic
through dead grass

fields
and
roll around.

Right eye

Winter sea

Angry
about money,
sweat

drips
on dirt.