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©Yoshiko Ratliff

©Yoshiko Ratliff

©Yoshiko Ratliff

©Yoshiko Ratliff
HYAKUNIN ISSHU
Triptych, 8″X24″X2″, wood cradled panel
Hyakunin-isshu is a classical Japanese anthology of one hundred Japanese waka by one hundred poets. It was composed for the most part over a period of three hundred years, from the early tenth to the early thirteenth century. The poems are assumed to have been selected by Fujiwara no Teika (or Sadaie, 1162-1241).
I picked 3 very famous female poets: Lady Murasaki Shikibu, Lady Sei Shonagon and Ono no Komachi.

LEFT: Lady Murasaki Shikibu
Meeting on the path:
But I cannot clearly know
If it was he,
Because the midnight moon
In a cloud had disappeared.

MIDDLE: Lady Sei Shonagon
The rooster’s crowing
In the middle of the night
Deceived the hearers;
But at Osaka’s gateway
The guards are never fooled.

RIGHT: Ono no Komachi
Color of the flower
Has already faded away,
While in idle thoughts
My life passes vainly by,
As I watch the long rains fall.