Criterion Collection As Haiku

166: Life Is Sweet

Snarls unfurl from lips
satiated with shame, starved
of all fortitude.


055?: Solaris

Swirls whirlpool like suds
in soapy water sucked down
drains deep as conscience.


165: Faces

Time molts our armor
and exposes flaws unseen
while we smile and sing.


162: The Life of Oharu


Like fish on chopping
blocks, she’s gutted— severed up
however they please.


161: Sansho the Bailiff

Rings of muted waves
ripple her last breath— tortured
life now silent, still.


160: Ugetsu

Dreams are merely ghosts
of ambition, illusions
that aren’t yet nightmares.


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