Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "kū shiki"

This poem came out of yesterday's Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by dreamwriteremmy., who wanted to hear about two of the elements from Japanese Buddhism.  For this topic I wanted an oriental form that would somehow incorporate two distinct parts.  I found the katuata, which has several variations. (It occurred to me that this poem would look awesome with its title inkbrushed in Japanese down one side of a page and the English written out normally, and my brush skills are probably up to that... but I can't see the shiki symbol as more than an inkblot, which is what washed me out of Japanese in the first place.)

kū shiki
-- a katuata

Why is there a void?
Emptiness is a deep ache
Held in the heart of heaven.

There must be a void
if there is to be a space
left open for consciousness.

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