Tanka for My Mistress

after Sei Shonagon

Her tears slide like rain
On rice-paper walls; I find
A comb for her hair.
My mistress’ dog has died,
And the rain is no comfort.

The small pink blossoms
Beneath her eyes have faded,
And a voice like a cat has
Taken them. It matters not
To me either way.

Heian-era paper doll kimono by Liana of Paperdoll Blog

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Concise and elegant. From cutout to complex emotion, simple paper to intricate affect.

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