the loneliness of a traveler

Hoarse cries—
the monkey’s teeth appear white
the moon above the peak.

Enomoto Kikaku


force of nature

When the wind blows,
it proves transience —
the plantain leaves are torn;
is this the symbol of the world,
upon which men depend?



It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion;
it is easy in solitude to live after our own;
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps
with perfect sweetness
the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson