Masaoka Shiki

(1867-1902 / Japan)

Moon At Twilight - Poem by Masaoka Shiki

moon at twilight,
a cluster of petals falling
from the cherry tree

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (6/30/2016 11:53:00 AM)

    - -. Withering flowers or falling cherry blossoms are the images used so much by Japanese poets to express their sadness with the ephemeral world while simultaneously basking in its beauty
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (6/30/2016 11:52:00 AM)

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    Cherry blossoms are the most beloved flower of the Japanese people.

    They bloom for a brief time and are very fragile, symbolizing the transience of life; this symbolism harmonizes well Buddhist teachings.

    Masses of cherry blossoms are used as metaphors for clouds.

    Falling cherry blossoms are likened to snow, and are used as a metaphor for a warrior killed in his youth.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 4, 2010

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