Voices Poems: 485 / 500

Although I Try

Rating: 5.0

Although I try
to hold the single thought
of Buddha's teaching in my heart,
I cannot help but hear
the many crickets' voices calling as well.

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Fabrizio Frosini 24 June 2016

another waka by Izumi Shikibu: ________________________ ???????????????????? kurasa yori kuraki miti ni zo irinubeki Faruka ni terase yama no Fa no tuki From darkness On a shadowed path I must make my way; Let it faintly shine, The moon upon the mountain’s edge. [from SHUISHU - SIS XX: 1342] ________________________

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Fabrizio Frosini 24 June 2016

Kenneth Roxroth, author of ''Love Poems from the Japanese'', said that of all the poets from that era, Shikibu had the greatest connection to the Buddhist traditions and mentality.

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