Saturday, March 24, 2012
The one close to me now,
even my own body -
will soon become clouds,
floating in different directions.
~ Izumi Shikibu
from The Ink Dark Moon
translation by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani
Onono Komachi and Izumi Shikibu were both Japanese poets of the Heian Period.
The arts of the Heian Period are marked with a definite feminine sensibility.
Because the Chinese characters (which were used in writing Japanese)
were seen as inappropriate to women,
they developed a simplified and elegant style of writing/calligraphy
that became known as Hiragana or "onna de"... "feminine hand".
~ comments from the literature network