Ceaseless tears–clouded mind:
~The Sarashina Diary
(cited: Trans: AS Omori & K Doi, Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)
Image and poem submitted in response to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: layered
The last part of the Diary [Sarashina Diary] is concerned chiefly with accounts of pilgrimages and dreams. She married, who and when is not recorded, and bore children. Her husband dies, and with his death the spring of her life seems to have run down. Her last entry is very sad: “My people went to live elsewhere and I lived alone in my solitary home.” So we leave her “a beautiful, shy spirit whose life had known much sorrow.” ~Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan
Image and excerpt from Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan submitted in response to Traveling at Wits End’s photo challenge: the journey home.
She is like the Moon, who, opening the gate of Heaven,
goes up over the clouds.
We, being in the same heavenly Palace, pass the night
in remembering the footfalls of the past.
~The Sarashina Diary, 1009-1059 (Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan