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Although the wind By Izumi Shikibu; English version by Jane Hirshfield

Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.

Izumi Shikibu is one of the towering figures of Japanese literature. She lived in Kyoto and was an official companion to the empress. She married young, but scandalized the court by abandoning her husband to become the lover of one of the empress's sons. When the prince died a few years later, she took a series of other lovers before eventually marrying for a second time.

She was a social rebel, but willing to be fully engaged in her life. And, like her personal life, Shikibu's poetry mixes elements of eros with the deep awareness that comes from Buddhist meditative practice.

Date: 2016-04-03 02:41 pm (UTC)
maramcreates: Leliana (Dragon Age; DAI; playful) (Default)
From: [personal profile] maramcreates
I really enjoyed this, thank you for posting it. I'm particularly fond of "moonlight leaking," a wistful image, especially in the context of the whole. Very moving.

Date: 2016-04-03 03:05 pm (UTC)
maramcreates: Leliana (Dragon Age; DAI; playful) (Default)
From: [personal profile] maramcreates
Yes, I agree :)

I wish I could remember where I read/heard this, but there was an interview question made to Hayao Miyazaki (of Studio Ghibli fame) regarding the details of simple moments in his animated films. His response was that scenes were like clapping; the moment when the palms meet and a sound is made and the moment when the palms part in silence -- it's not clapping without both.

Date: 2016-04-03 05:49 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Watercolor sketch of sneaky corvid pulling phoenix tail feather from behind, phoenix rearing back in affronted surprise (corvid pulls phoenix tail)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Here via [personal profile] maramcreates - what an exquisite translation, and exquisite original to beget it. I was unfamiliar with Izumi Shikibu, and your introduction here makes me want to seek out more by her.

Date: 2016-04-03 06:07 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Watercolor sketch of self-satisfied corvid winking with flaming phoenix feather in its beak (corvid with phoenix feather)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
I'll see if I can find it from the library - thank you for the rec!

Date: 2016-04-03 08:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
basking in the poem over here


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