My Favorite Poem (A Waterbird)

This is my favorite poem. It’s attributed to Lady Murasaki Shikibu, who wrote The Tale of Genji and is said to be the world’s first female novelist. Someday I’m going to get it tattooed on my back in Japanese calligraphy.

A waterbird
Seems as the water’s top
Seen from afar
I, too, drift along
On my way through the world.


Murasaki Shikibu
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 What’s your favorite poem?


One thought on “My Favorite Poem (A Waterbird)

  1. Love this beautiful poem. Love using this blog as a forum to expose people, not only to correct grammar, but also poetry. Keep the poems coming…

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