From an Anthology of Japanese Women Poets, Translated by Hiroaki Sato

A song expressing a woman’s longing for her dear husband, by The Kurumamochi Clan’s Daughter (Dates Unknown):

Because words from you, you of ruddy cheeks,
no messenger of beautiful catalpa brings to me,
I’ve brooded, have taken ill, all alone.
Do not blame it on a rock-smashing deity.
Do not bring a diviner to have a turtle burned.
Because of longing my body aches, yes.
Clearly it has pierced me through and through,
and my heart, among the innards, has shattered.
The end of my life is imminent.
And now, is it you, calling to me?
Or is it my dear mother, of sagging breasts,
at the crossroad of eighty, less than a hundred,
who is evening-divining, questioning a diviner,

    when I’m about to die?

Several Things Self Has Learned After Watching “P.S. I Love You”

The ice cream freezer in the Century Park 12 on E. Bayshore in Redwood City is non-functional.

Self loves it when she can smell hot buttered popcorn in a movie lobby.

In spite of the fact that this movie earned only a C- rating on the Yahoo Movies site, self finds she is a sucker for movies like P.S. I Love You

Self’s tear ducts are amazingly active: They started up of their own accord just five minutes into the movie and kept going intermittently thereafter.

Gerard Butler has amazing teeth. (In addition to having an amazing bod)

Hilary Swank, too, has amazing teeth. (Mental note: self definitely needs to go in for the teeth whitening procedure, pronto)

Irish men all have amazing bods.

Irish men all wear funky bracelets which, instead of making them look artsy and fey, end up making them look artsy and really masculine.

Irish men look good with tattoos.

Irish men have — (That’s enough, self! Looks like you’re getting carried away with the Irish men bit, and anyhoo Gerard is not Irish, he is Scottish, and the two accents are not— contrary to what movie makers might think — interchangeable)

The tunnel that Hilary and her movie mom Kathy Bates walk through, in Central Park, is exactly the same tunnel where Jodie Foster and her boyfriend played by Naveen Andrews were beaten to a pulp by punks in The Brave One (which, self has just realized, was an awful movie. Awful. Sorry, Jodie, but self cannot tell a lie)

The funniest lines in P. S. I Love You went to Lisa Kudrow. Man, that woman is a scream! The only times self was not crying were the times when she was rolling on the floor after hearing another one of Lisa’s expertly timed zingers.

Gina Gershon (who self has not seen in ages and ages, maybe not since Bound) has gained weight, but still looks very nice.

Harry Connick, Jr. has a very big nose. Not only is it big, it is quite beak-ish.

Harry Connick, Jr. plays the role of a geek surprisingly well.

Now self is home, watching something called Jericho, and there are various people blowing up a train, led by a hunk who looks vaguely like Johnny Depp but turns out to be Skeet Ulrich.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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