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

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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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