Here is an amazing poem by the Buddhist priest Myōe (明恵) (1173–1232)
He has been called the "poet of the moon". The translation is
“Bright, bright, and bright, bright, bright, and bright, bright.
Bright and bright, bright, and bright, bright moon.”
What I found quite amazing is that this poem is a tanka: it follows the 5-7-5-7-7 pattern.
aka aka ya
aka aka aka ya
aka aka ya
aka aka aka ya
aka aka ya tsuki
I wrote about this poem and others in my latest article,
"The Beautiful Japan of the Mind"
If you are a student of Japanese, then you might want to read the whole essay from which the poem was taken, it is very interesting:
美しい日本の私 by 川端康成
Or you can take the easy way and read it in English:
@Zerofactorial It is, isn't it? On one level it is almost nonsense but on another level it's genius.
@Zerofactorial The poet wrote an note explaining that he was meditating in winter in a hall on the top of a mountain, and when he left the meditation hall, walking through the snow, he saw this very bright moon.
@wim_v12e for a good while i was thinking lowly of poetry and Buddhism intersection as they are unlikely to show wound up, cathartic or other extremities of life. At lease now i know that they don't need that to be crazy (uh, oh) beautiful!
@polezaivsani I think I see what you mean, because those Buddhist monks led very different lives from us. And often a lot of context is needed to interpret their poems. Without that they may seem very abstract and remote.
@Eidon Yes indeed, it is one of the poems that Kawabata discusses in his Nobel lecture. I think said so in the other posts in the thread.
I am assuming very few people here will actually ever read that lecture, or my article, so I wanted to share a little bit of it.
@wim_v12e Thank you very much for the wonders you share!!
Some days pass without me checking timelines -- it's something bad, I'm sorry. Then I go through yours, and it's always one gem after another. Not only your excellent toots; also the ones that you forward are often extremely interesting 🙇
@Eidon I think that is quite a good thing, that you are not constantly checking the timeline.
You flatter me 😊 but thank you very much!
@wim_v12e I have still not read it, my apologies. But I really want to -- the topic is simply too interesting to me!
In my opinion it is an excellent idea to post gems taken from other gems. There is indeed a greater chance that someone may benefit from them... In some cases, I even go for full reposts, as you know! Some people I know do this regularly and I would say very heavily -- that is too much imo...
@Eidon I think I will do a few more. Not everything is a good fit for a blog post, sometimes a fedi post is just the right format.
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