Oriori no Uta : Poems for All Seasons

Movink back alittle

from th side, I tried

a second look_but

the thing that painted my eyes

had kept all its ugliness

Kujō Takeko

From Kunsen, 1928.Like yanagihara Byakuren, Hara Asao, and Okamoto Kanoko, author stands out as unique among the woman tanka poets of the Taishō period. The second daughter of Ōtani Kōson, headpriest of Nishi Honganji (and thus head of the Jōdō Shinshū sect), she was a famous beauty; but she married a man who abroad soon after and did not return fot many years, and in that and other ways he married life was most unfortunate. She immersed herself in religious activities, and after disastrous experience in the Great Earthquake og 1923, dedicated herself to public welfare endeavors. Her life until she died at the young age 40 was one of hidden sadness, endured alone, amid outer turmoil. This poem expresses strong conviction. Kunsen, published posthumously, is her most importantcollection.

かたへより すこし退きてKatae yori sukoshi shirizokiteながむれどnagamuredoみにくきものは みにくかりけりminikuki mono ha minikukarikeri