“Make Ready for War” (استعد للحرب)

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Hasten to sharpen

the long knife’s edge; sashimi

doesn’t slice itself!

Grind the axe until

it bites keenly; the miso

won’t boil without wood!

Boisterous laughter

buffets cold night air — “kampai!”

Warm spoils of vic’try.

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