The cherry petals gone, There is no special color to my thoughts, Yet as I gaze, From the vacant sky there falls The quiet sadness of spring rain. –Princess Shikishi (Miner, Introduction to Japanese Court Poetry)
Leica f/4 1/1600 146mm 800 ISO
What is it
about this twilight hour?
Even the sound
of a barely perceptible breeze
pierces the heart.
~Izumi Shikibu (J Hirshfield & M Aralani,
The Ink Dark Moon)
Like the comfortless plover of the beach
In the sand printing characters soon to be washed away.
Unable to leave a more enduring trace in this fleeting world.
~The Sarashina Diary, AD 1009-1059 (
Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)
The enduring qualities of art…speaking through time’s boundaries…resonating with the soul’s deep and private moments.
Within a tree
another tree that is not yet,
and now the upper branches shift in the wind.
Within the blue sky
another blue sky that is not yet,
and now the horizon is rent by a bird in flight.
Within a body
another body that is not yet,
and now the shrine gathers blood.
Within a road
another road that is not yet,
and now that space is shaken by my destination.
Unable to sleep,
I gaze at the flowers of the bush clover,
as the dew forms on them from the long night,
till suddenly before dawn
they are scattered by the wind.
~Ise Tayu (K Rexroth & I Atsumi,
The Burning Heart)
The colors of the flowers fade
as the long rains fall,
as lost in thought,
I grow older
~Ono No Komachi (K Rexroth & I Atsumi,
The Burning Heart)
Color of the flower
Has already faded away,
While in idle thoughts
My life passes vainly by,
As I watch the long rains fall.
~Ono no Komachi
Even into the mind always clouded with grief,
There is cast the reflection of the bright moon.
~Lady Sarashina ( Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)
the last to turn off the lights
is a temple with blossoms
~ Sugita Hisajo (M Ueda,
Far Beyond the Field)
A photo that says…
and yellow, on this day
of indecision ~ Inahata Teiko (M Ueda, Far Beyond the Field)
image submitted in response to a challenge offered by
The Girl Who Dreams Awake