Genji Monogatari Emaki BOOKTRYST The World39s First Novel As Art

(Tokugawa Museum)

 

One’s humanity

can be destroyed by brooding –

too much dwelling on

superficiality,

as shown by others.

Analysis devastates.

The wrong leaf can bud

from the same stalk as the right.

But though blooms wither,

Spring re-animates.

Bitterness should be buried

with the corpse of past deeds.

Other people determine

part of your life; but not all.