Ono no Komachi - Haiku

Among the Six Poetic Geniuses described in the Kokinshû preface was a female poet, Ono no Komachi, about whom Tsurayuki offers the following critique: “Ono no Komachi belongs to the same line as Sotoorihime of old. Her poetry is moving and lacking in strength. It reminds us of a beautiful woman suffering from an illness. Its weakness is probably due to her gender.” Despite Tsurayuki’s criticism, he included eighteen compositions by Komachi in the first royal anthology.

Haiku Collection about Dreams by Komachi

The topic of comparing dreams to reality is a prevalent theme in Heian poetry written by women, indicating that disappointments in reality often led to a reliance on dreams as a venue for the fulfillment of desire.

Haiku Collection about Love by Komachi

Sustaining the theme of the lonely lady Komachi’s use of autumn imagery provides clues that the relationship is nearing its end, the woman waiting in vain for a visit from her lover.

About Letting go and Moving on

There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go.

At various points in our lives, or on a quest, for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions.

Chances and Choices

I Choose...
to live by choice, not by chance;
to control what is fated, not manipulated;
to make changes, not excuses;
to be useful, not used;
to excel, not compete.
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