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Ogata Gekko: Chapter 44 - Takegawa- Courtiers under a wisteria draped pine tree - Japanese Art Open Database

( Artist: Ogata Gekko; chapter 44 Tale of Genji:

Courtiers under a Pine tree; Japanese Art Open



A pine’s thousand years

is longer than a man’s life

and resolution

will fluctuate over time.

He reached for her hand.

She knew what that foreshadowed.

Could he be deterred?

Composure is challenging.

Would things work out in the end?

Waiting is so hard.

Enlightenment may be found —

and transformation.

But does self-loathing turn men

into eventual saints?