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Cio Cio San

By Thecleverpup @TheCleverPup

Cio Cio San

Peonies. William Merrit Chase. 1897

Forget Dumas’ Dame Aux Camelias.
I am Puccini’s geisha condemned to the chrysanthemum and the sword.
The first tragedy of Nagasaki, waiting for a tiny thread of smoke to appear
Yet the horizon reveals nothing but a butterfly-blue sky.
No little maid from school am I.
I am old, yet a child.
Godspeed Pinkerton, your memory fades
written for Magpie Tales 283

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