Izumi Shikibu


Although I Try - Poem by Izumi Shikibu

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.

Comments about Although I Try by Izumi Shikibu

  • Fabrizio Frosini (6/24/2016 5:53:00 AM)

    another waka by Izumi Shikibu:


    kurasa yori
    kuraki miti ni zo
    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 SHŪISHŪ - SIS XX: 1342]
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (6/24/2016 5:14:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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