A Maiko (that is, concerning the romance between the characters Mai and Zuko in Avatar, the Last Airbender
) poem, inspired by the memory of this picture: [link]
Like many of my poems, I thought of it while lying in bed and couldn't go to sleep till I wrote it down.
There are four allusions/quotes from other poems in this: they're from the Song of Songs, "To Lucasta, Going to the Wars" by Richard Lovelace, "Dedicatory Ode" by Hilaire Belloc, and "The Wise Men" by G.K. Chesterton. The last is a Christmas poem.
Praise to anyone who can see the symbolic second meaning of the title. (siblings, shh)
Characters, setting, and preview image copyright Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko,
Poem copyright me.