06 February 2019

#6 - Ishiyama-dera

I am novel scripture is my blood,
Ishiyama-dera makes me whole
the clouds of cherry blossom newly-bud
a floating bridge of dreams across my soul.

I am violet colour is my code,
calligraphy and woodcut shape my name
the future is a winding forest road
where waters mirror patterns I became.

But I am woman language is my child,
struggling into myth behind a screen
a lonely daughter still unreconciled
to all the words of men and what they mean.

The priest bows low and strikes the temple gong,
for I am singer - Genji is my song.


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