This body

grown fragile, floating,

a reed cut from its roots…

If a stream would ask me

to follow, I’d go, I think.

                               ~Ono No Komachi*

Horsetooth Reservoir
Horsetooth Reservoir


The Ink Dark Moon

J Hirshfield & M Aratani


I’ve become used to…

Through the years

I’ve become used to sorrow:

there was not one spring

I didn’t leave behind

the flowers.

                ~Izumi Shikibu*

Horsetooth Reservoir,
Horsetooth Reservoir


The Ink Dark Moon

J. Hirshfield & M Aratani

in its own true nature

A fish cannot drown in water,

A bird does not fall in air.

In the fire of its making,

Gold doesn’t vanish:

The fire brightens.

Each creature God made

Must live in its own true nature;

How could I resist my nature, 

That lives for oneness with God.

                                     ~Mechtild of Magdeburg*


Women in Praise of the Sacred

J Hirshfield