刺青 (Shisei)

“All my old fears have been swept away – and you are my first victim!” She darted a glance at him as bright as a sword. A song of triumph was ringing in her ears. “Let me see your tattoo once more,” Seikichi begged. Silently the girl nodded and slipped the kimono off her shoulders. Just then her resplendently tattooed back caught a ray of sunlight and the spider was wreathed in flames.

An excerpt from “The Tattooer” or Shisei by Junichiro Tanizaki (1910)

Impaling myself repeatedly,

While subsisting on pleasure

I draw, I shudder, I plunder

From a hidden place of the veiled ocean

Softly shining, a pulsing maelstrom

I draw the knife at his marbled throat

While he grapples

With the birth of my existence

“How did I create you?”

“Why did I create you?”

The gluttonous spider on my back

Is the only clue

© Zelda Reville

Advertisements

One thought on “刺青 (Shisei)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s