reflection & i

growing side by side

spring rain

reflection & i



the dawn is here…

In the summer night
The evening still seems present,
But the dawn is here.
To what region of the clouds
Has the wandering moon come home?

~Kiyohara no Fukayabu

Meditative photography with an iPad, John F Simon’s “Drawing your own Path,” a pair of reading glasses, a fountain pen, and the dawn.  Edited in Lightroom CC.

I gaze with longing

When the evening sun descends behind the mountain peak,

Will you forget that it is I who gazed with longing

Towards the place where you are?

~Sarashina Nikki (Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)



watching the moon

Watching the moon

at dawn,

solitary, mid-day,

I knew myself completely,

no part left out.

~Izumi Shikibu (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)


hopes of visitors

In this mountain village

where I’ve given up

all hopes of visitors,

how drab life would be

without my loneliness.

~Saigyō (Trans. B Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home)


Ono no Komachi

While watching 

the long rains falling on this world

my heart, too, fades

with the unseen color

of the spring flowers.

~Ono no Komachi (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)