japonisme: in autumn town

08 October 2007

in autumn town

(Shibata Zeshin,
Autumn Grasses,
two-panel screen)

In fields of bush clover and hay-scent grass
the autumn moon takes refuge
The cricket's song is gold

Zeshin's loneliness taught him this

Who is coming?
What will come to pass, and pass?

Neither bruise nor sweetness nor cool air
knows the way

And the moon?

Who among us does not wander, and flare
and bow to the ground?

Who does not savor, and stand open
if only in secret

taking heart in the ripening of the moon?

Margaret Gibson

From Autumn Grasses
by Margaret Gibson.
Copyright © 2003 by Margaret Gibson.
Reproduced with permission of
Louisiana State University Press.
All rights reserved.

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Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Those two bottom pieces are just sublime.

08 October, 2007 19:45  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

seems to me you commented on watanabe seitei before--yeah, just checked--you did. isn't his stuff wonderful?

08 October, 2007 20:19  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

i love the second one from the bottom,i think it's not in right position,but it's still looks great!

09 October, 2007 10:08  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

should the two bottom ones switch?

09 October, 2007 11:44  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

i mean the second one from the bottom should be horizontal, if base on the direction of signature and seal.

Sorry about that!No need to change anything,they are great!

09 October, 2007 22:04  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh my! thank you hp. one time when i was publishing my magazine, i flipped an image so the people's heads would end up on the front. didn't even occur to me (how young i was) that i was also reversing all of that japanese language written all around the people. didn't really matter after all though because the japanese was of a sufficiently ancient nature that it couldn't be read ever right-way around....

09 October, 2007 22:18  

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