You told me it was


You told me it was
because of me
you gazed at the moon.
I've come to see
if this is true.


          --from Three Poems on Love
             Japanese; trans. Willis Barnstone


Lady Izumi Shikibu, from "Three Poems on Love," Japanese, trans. Willis Barnstone, A Book of Women Poets, from Antiquity to Now, Willis Barnstone and Aliki Barnstone, eds., 1980, Schocken Books.