Izumi Shikibu

The moonlight also leaks between the roof planks

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

~ Izumi Shikibu, "Although the wind ... ," translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani, from THE INK DARK MOON.

This world exists as a sheen of dew on flowers

Come quickly -- as soon as these blossoms open, they fall. This world exists as a sheen of dew on flowers.

~ Izumi Shikibu (Japan, b 974?), thanks to Maureen Flannery

Nothing in the world is usual today

Nothing
in the world
is usual today.
This is
the first morning.

Come quickly -- as soon as
these blossoms open,
they fall.
This world exists
as a sheen of dew on flowers.

~ by Izumi Shikibu (Japan, b 974?), thanks to Maureen Flannery
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