Time Travel- Tale of the Genji

Time Travel- Tale of the Genji

Carpe Diem Time Travel #2 The Tale of Genji

The Tale of the Gengi -by Murasaki Shikibu

where the cicada casts her shell
in the shadows of the tree,
there is one whom I love well
though her heart is cold to me

(the “answer”):

amidst dark shadows of the tree,
cicada’s wing with dew is wet,
so in mine eyes unknown to thee,
spring sweet tears of fond regret


all the loneliness
of your early departure

spills into the night
moonflower’s beauty fading
light penetrating shadows


hidden in the bark
a clinging cicada shell
filled with nothingness
my shrouded heart still hugging
fragrance of our last embrace

Ancient Road

Ancient Road

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #15 ancient road (Adjei Agyei Baah)

By Hon’ami Kōetsu, 1558 – 1637 (Princeton University Art Museum) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

ancient road…
the trails of the masters
absorbed in fallen leaves

                                            © Adjei Agyei-Baah

words on yellowing paper
in hands of young followers

                                           © Dolores