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On the subject of Death…..

July 26, 2019




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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