On the subject of Death…..




One of the most beautiful and poignant tanka I have ever read:

Around the time of Izumi Shikibu’s daughter Naishi’s death, snow fell and melted away:

    Why did you vanish

     into empty sky?

     Even the fragile snow

     when it falls

     falls in this world.

                                                         ……Izumi Shikibu


It took me a moment to realize that Naishi was cremated.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2019

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2 Responses to “On the subject of Death…..”

  1. rothpoetry Says:



  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you! She is one of my favorite poets..along with Ono no Komachi and Saigyo.

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