From The Miscellany of a Japanese Priest by Kenko,
14th century, referencing Kamo no Chomei)
‘When reforms bring no benefit, it is better to leave things as they are.’
(Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chapter 49: Tale of Genji)
She who was known as
The Wistaria lady
had just one daughter.
Would she succeed where she’d failed?
She would not find out;
all too soon, she passed away.
The motherless girl
had no strong support at court:
the frost-fringed chrysanthemums
a chilly comment
on her sad predicament.
Kaoru was chosen.
The Emperor summoned him
and asked him to pluck a bloom.
And now for the final Eight, Lower rank, in my series of boussokusekika
on the twenty two shrines:
(Wikimedia Commons Photo:
663highland; June 2008.)
Your shrine was once burnt
when a Daimyo killed his foes
and yet he was blessed:
in ‘Tenka Fubu.’*
(crowd of the damned, Pamplona Bible, Navarre, 1197. Amiens Biblioteque MS 108, fol 254r)
(Bodleian Library, Oxford; MS 264)
there was a huge swing
to the Left.