Sweet and sad

like love overwhelmed

with long sighs,

out of the depths of the willow

little by little

the moon appears.

                               ~Tosano Akiko*

*cited:

Women Poets of Japan

K Rexroth & I Atsumi

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

*cited:

The Ink Dark Moon

J Hirshfield & M Aratani