Lady Izumi Shikibu



      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.