Saturday, August 09, 2008

Genji Monogatari: The Orange Blossoms

His first thought was of
the Gosechi dancer. Then
he became her, &
the surrounding Court.
The undercurrents. Was
scent the trigger? Or
the military jewelry
continually updated
from thousands of sources
on the web? Or was it
simply the evanescence &
hostile change he sensed
around him that caused
this bricolage, this making
things out of the materials
that were lying about? He
recalled the tanka that
accompanied the dance—
the degree of difficulty that
a mountain climber faces
is unimportant to the tourist
whose only interest is
filming the mountain from a
distance. Which one was he?

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